“When Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. face off in a high-stakes patent trial Monday, there will be another elephant in the room: Google Inc.,” Jessica E. Vascellaro reports for The Wall Street Journal. “Though the litigants are the two largest makers of smartphones, the closely watched case is also a proxy for a wider war between the two Silicon Valley companies vying to control their inner workings—Apple and Google.”
“Apple, which transformed the market with the 2007 debut of the iPhone, has launched a global attack on Samsung and other handset makers that use Google’s Android software,” Vascellaro reports. “The trial kicking off Monday in federal court in San Jose, Calif., could help bolster or refute Apple’s contention that Google’s operating system illegally copies software features of its own devices.”
Vascellaro reports, “A decision that Samsung’s Android-powered hardware infringes Apple’s patents could affect the outcomes of other cases, creating problems for the South Korean company and other Google partners around the world… The dispute’s legal chapter began more than two years ago, when Apple sued Android partner HTC Corp. 2498.TW +2.64% of Taiwan in March 2010 and Samsung in April 2011. In a 2011 authorized biography, Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs called Android ‘a stolen product.’ Google executives have denied stealing designs from Apple.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Judge for yourself.
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Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:
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Apple to Samsung: ‘Blatant copying is wrong’ – April 18, 2011
Apple sues Samsung for attempting to copy look and feel of iPhone, iPad – April 18, 2011
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