My enemy’s enemy is my friend. That is the philosophy that Google seems to be believing in. According to a report by The Korea Times, Samsung has confirmed that it is working with Google to defend itself against the patent infringement claims made by Apple.
This announcement marks the first time that Samsung has confirmed receiving assistance from Google in its legal battle with Apple.
Several years ago, Google publicly announced support for Android smartphone maker HTC after the company faced with a lawsuit from Apple but Google has not publicly indicated any such agreement with Samsung until recently. Samsung hopes that the move will give the Korean electronics giant an advantage in the courtroom against Apple. An unnamed Samsung official was quoted by the publication as saying that the tech-giant hoped it would be able to earn royalties from Apple.
Recently, an industry source indicated that Apple’s newly earned injunction barring sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will cost Samsung roughly $80 million. For those of you who were not aware, the injunction was awarded last week and went into effect immediately after Apple posted the necessary $2.6 million bond.
Apple also won another injunction in the US last week against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the handset that was co-developed by Samsung and Google, running an unmodified version of Google’s Android mobile operating system. The losses on the Galaxy Nexus could be even greater than that of the tablet. According to industry sources are indicating a loss of up to $120 million if the sales ban extends for two months.
Let us see how Google and Samsung will retaliate to this.