Google, HTC, SAP, Red Hat and Rackspace support Samsung against Apple on sales bans

“Late on Monday, a group of amici curiae (‘friends of the court’) asked the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for permission to file an amicus brief in support of Samsung, opposing Apple’s pursuit of injunctive relief following a multiplicity of infringement findings by a district court,” Florian Müller reports for FOSS Patents. “The group includes: Android maker Google… Android device maker HTC… business software maker SAP… Linux distributor Red Hat… [and] hosting company Rackspace.”

“Google, HTC, SAP, Red Hat and Rackspace describe themselves as ‘innovative technology companies that develop and provide a variety of products and services that, like the mobile devices at issue in this appeal, incorporate a wide array of features.'” Müller reports. “I could spend the rest of this post discussing in which ways these companies are innovative and in which they are not, or about Android’s track record of court-established patent infringements, but in this context I just want to report on the fact that this group of companies sides with Samsung against Apple.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone


    1. Reluctant amici Samsungi is more accurate. Google obviously has a vested interest in keeping Android free of legal entanglements. HTC obviously wants to avoid becoming the next Android handset maker subject to Apple’s legal scrutiny.

      The irony is that Samsung is going to toss Google and Android under a bus as soon as they get their own mobile OS going strong. And legally challenging that OS might be very difficult, even if it ends up infringing on the IP of others.

  1. So Google is for injunctive relief when it’s their standards essential patents ( which are pledged for FRAND licensing ) but not when it’s someone elses ( Apple) non-standards essential with an existing court finding of infringement. Corporately Bipolar

  2. One problem Apple has is they have no friends. Apple is a lot like Steve Jobs. Like Steve, if Apple was a person they would not drive his neighbor to the airport. They would not collect your mail while you were out of town. It is hard to find one company that would side with Apple in any kind of fight. Apple, like Steve, thrives on its arrogance and go it alone attitude. Google is just the opposite. Google is involved in all sorts of popular activities. Driverless cars, wifi for Mtn View and now Provo. Street view, Google Earth, Sketchup etc. Apple really has not sort of outreach, nothing they do seems to be for any benefit other than Apple’s. So it is no wonder they get ganged up on. Very few people see Apple as anything but a money grubbing corporation. Great products, but poor PR. Apple seems to like it that way. Google? Not so much.

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