Google was silent after the jurors read their verdict finding Samsung guilty of willfully copying Apple’s products and granted more than $1 billion in damages, marking the end of four weeks of tension in the mobile world.
After two days of silence, the search giant, mother of the Android operating system, raised its head and voice, speaking up loud through its statement released on Sunday. The whole Android world has been keeping an eye on Google, as the victory scored by Apple may be a killer bullet to all Android OEMs. The words written by Google bring a needed dose of optimism and show the company’s current state of mind on the outcome of the trial.
The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the mother of Android is pinning its hope on the appeal, because if the appeal court confirms the Friday ruling, it would be devastating for the whole Android world.
Here is Samsung's internal memo regarding the verdict:
We initially proposed to negotiate with Apple instead of going to court, as they had been one of our most important customers. However, Apple pressed on with a lawsuit, and we have had little choice but to counter-sue, so that we can protect our company.
Certainly, we are very disappointed by the verdict at the US District Court for the Northern District of California (NDCA), and it is regrettable that the verdict has caused concern amongst our employees, as well as our loyal customers.
However, the judge’s final ruling remains, along with a number of other procedures. We will continue to do our utmost until our arguments have been accepted.
The NDCA verdict starkly contrasts decisions made by courts in a number of other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea, which have previously ruled that we did not copy Apple’s designs. These courts also recognized our arguments concerning our standards patents.
History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth, when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation.
We trust that the consumers and the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation, and we will prove this beyond doubt.
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