Google is central to new Apple v. Samsung patent infringement lawsuit

“Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are squaring off in a new round of their long-running patent feud,” Daisuke Wakabayashi reports for The Wall Street Journal. “This time, however, the docket might as well read Apple Inc. v. Google Inc.”

“The trial, which starts Monday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., shows how the battle lines are drawn across the mobile-phone landscape. Apple and Samsung are the biggest makers of smartphones and reap most of the industry’s profits,” Wakabayashi reports. “But when it comes to software, the world is divided between Apple and Google, whose dominant operating systems give them control over the apps where smartphone users spend most of their time.”

“In this case, Apple is accusing Samsung of violating five of its software patents. Samsung contends that it licensed four of those features as part of Google’s Android operating system, and that Google had been working on the technology before Apple filed its patents,” Wakabayashi reports. “‘Google will be a lot more front and center than in previous cases,’ said Michael Carrier, a patent expert and law professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. ‘Google vs. Apple makes it more of a clash of the titans on the same turf.'”

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