Samsung calls Google to its defense in $2 billion Apple trial

“Samsung Electronics Co. called the first of as many as seven Google Inc. witnesses to begin making its case in a $2 billion patent trial that Apple Inc.’s true target in the lawsuit is the Android operating system,” Joel Rosenblatt reports for Bloomberg.

“Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s vice president of Android engineering, testified yesterday in federal court in San Jose, California, about the development of the Android operating system used in Samsung phones. Apple contends, and Samsung denies, that several Android features in Galaxy devices infringe the iPhone maker’s patents,” Rosenblatt reports. “As the world’s top two smartphone makers spar at their second U.S. jury trial, Samsung is trying to show that Apple’s claims are a cloaked attack on Google in an attempt to blunt smartphone competition from Android.”

“Lockheimer’s opening testimony was aimed at buttressing Samsung’s argument that Google, which isn’t a defendant in the case, was more than capable of creating an operating system without copying Apple’s patents,” Rosenblatt reports. “The executive said he joined Google in 2006 and that the company was already at work on Android, which was an independent company Google acquired in 2005. In that period, as phones were becoming smartphones, Google’s aim was to provide an open-source operating system for free.”

“Asked by Samsung lawyer John Quinn if Lockheimer’s team ever copied anything from the iPhone, the witness replied, ‘Not that I’m aware,'” Rosenblatt reports. “‘We like to have our own identity,’ he said. ‘It was important that it was our ideas.'”

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

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

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

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement


            1. Wow, you’ll stop at nothing will you?

              Your “teachable moments” are rejected and so you do your best to demean and belittle those who are keeping it light?

              You are a sad little man.

  1. Apple is like a broken record playing the same old tunes again and again. They need to get a new bandmaster. Look at iOS 7, it’s theft of everything in Android.

    1. That’s not entirely true. Obviously some things were taken from inspiration of other platforms including Android but to say the whole OS is a theft of Android is a gross misrepresentation of the matter. Additionally many things (like multitasking) pre-date Android as a whole and was implemented in a way that was way more elegant than Android. I own both so I try to be as objective as possible.

  2. Ok fine, we get it Apple. You feel like you were stolen from… And guess what, I agree with you. None of this stuff was confidence and they obviously peed themselves when they first saw the demo of the iPhone and realized that their first attempts to create a smartphone paled in comparison. I get it, and I agree.

    However, don’t act like you don’t take inspirations from other places, other companies, other peoples ideas too. Heck the notification center I enjoy so much on my 5S is directly ‘inspired’ by Android and there is absolutely positively 100% no way to deny that fact. Even the ‘Today Screen’ offered in the notification center is an attempted reproduction (albeit a poor and crippled one) of some of the Google Now functionality. So really guys, come off it. Samsung does it, Google does it, and guess what…..? YOU DO IT TO! So stop acting like douche bags and use that wasted litigation money to bring us more and better products and services. -Yours truly, a real Apple fan not a yes man fan boy- /end rant

    1. Yes, this can’t go on… behold!…
      let’s all fall into each other’s arms and be friends ( again? )
      nothing bad really happened.
      – sob, whimper -…

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