“One down, dozens to go,” Tim Sprinkle reports for Yahoo Finance. “That’s the feeling that much of Silicon Valley woke up to on Monday morning following Apple’s (AAPL) blockbuster victory in its patent trial against Samsung on Friday, a case that resulted in more than $1 billion in penalties for the South Korean company after a jury found that it violated six patents related to Apple’s mobile phone technologies.”
“So, now that Apple has a solid win under its belt, which companies are among its next likely targets?” Sprinkle writes. “Two hints for the first one: its name starts with ‘G’ and it rhymes with ‘doodle.’ ‘I think the real battle is not between Apple and Samsung but between Apple and Google and it involves the Android operating system principally,’ Dixon Doll, co-founder of venture capital firm DCM, told Bloomberg TV on Monday night. ‘I would expect that Google is gong to get very actively involved in defending their ecosystem partners like Samsung. I think Google’s going to be very sensitive to reworking and tweaking their upcoming releases to make sure they are compliant, and I would expect Google to eventually go on offense here.'”
Sprinkle writes, “Apple and Amazon have been drifting toward legal action ever since the iPhone maker launched its iTunes music store in 2003, but Amazon’s recent push into the smartphone and tablet market (starting with the Kindle Fire) is what really has Apple fuming… Colin Gillis with BCG Financial expects it to come sooner rather than later. ‘When Amazon does its big event in September, is it going to be a phone?’ he said of the scheduled product launch on Sept. 6 in an interview with UPI. ‘Because if it’s a phone, they’re going to be sued, probably on Sept. 7. No joke.'”
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