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Google: Most Claims in Samsung Case Not Tied to Android

Monday, 27 August 2012 10:19 AM

Google Inc., responding to a jury verdict that found its partner Samsung Electronics Co. infringed Apple Inc. patents, said most of the claims “don’t relate to the core Android” software used in mobile devices.

“The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims,” Mountain View, California-based Google said in a statement sent Sunday via e-mail. “Most of these don’t relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the U.S. Patent Office.”

Google, owner of the world’s largest Web-search engine, lets mobile-phone manufacturers weave its Android operating system into their handsets at no charge. It suffered a setback on Friday, when a California jury said Samsung, the biggest user of Android, infringed Apple patents.

“This verdict is a major victory for Apple vis a vis the Android ecosystem,” said Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., in a research report Monday. “That said, we don’t think it is a game-changing loss for Android.”

Google’s shares were down 2.1 percent to $664.51 at 9:34 a.m. in New York. The stock had gained 5.1 percent this year before Monday.

The ruling is “likely to embolden Apple’s legal strategy,” Sacconaghi said. Litigation playing out in several countries may ultimately lead to Android phone makers paying royalties to Apple of $3 to $25 per handset or “forced work- arounds on violated patents, some of which could modestly change the look and feel of competing products.”

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Android’s share among smartphone platforms rose to 64 percent in the second quarter from 43 percent in the same period a year earlier, according to Stamford, Connecticut-based researcher Gartner Inc. Apple’s software had a 19 percent share, up less than a percent from the previous year.

“The mobile industry is moving fast and all players -- including newcomers -- are building upon ideas that have been around for decades,” Google said in the statement. “We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don’t want anything to limit that.”

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