Google, responding to an U.S. jury verdict that found that Samsung infringed Apple patents, said most of the claims “don’t relate to the core Android” software used in mobile devices, reports “Bloomberg” (http://macte.ch/n7ur2).
“The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims,” the company said in an email statement. “Most of these don’t relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the U.S. Patent Office.”
The verdict is a “major victory for Apple vis a vis the Android ecosystem,” Bernstein & Company analyst Toni Sacconaghi told “Bloomberg,” adding that “we don’t think it is a game-changing loss for Android.” The ruling is “likely to embolden Apple’s legal strategy,” she said.
“Litigation playing out in several countries may ultimately lead to Android phone makers paying royalties to Apple of $3 to $25 per handset or ‘forced workarounds on violated patents, some of which could modestly change the look and feel of competing products,” Sacconaghi adds.