A Google lawyer testified on Tuesday that the software maker, pursuant to its contractual obligations, agreed to take over defense of some of the claims in Apple’s current patent lawsuit as well as to indemnify Samsung should it lose on those claims.
Apple played deposition testimony from Google lawyer James Maccoun, who verified emails in which Google agreed to provide partial or full indemnity with regard to four patents as well as to take over defense of those claims.
If this case was really about “justice”, as Apple claims it is, they should just get it over with and sue Google directly, instead of playing these proxy games. In any case, it’s good to know Google is taking responsibility for its OEMs here – long overdue.
Obviously Samsung doesn’t need the money, and their treatment of Windows Phone along with their waffling on Tizen makes it pretty clearly they have no intention of leaving Android, so I assume this move by Google has little to do with Samsung and is more about calming the fears of smaller OEMs who are listening to Microsofts candied words.
As for Apple, they haven’t sued any other manufacturers lately have they? It may be because Samsung is the only one the matters, but sometimes I feel like they realized their patent campaign was a mistake, but have too much pride to actually say that and back down from the battle with Samsung. Since both have virtually unlimited cash, this will unfortunately spiral on forever.
It came out on court that Sammy had been lieing about Googles involvement.
Also remember Apple has signed a couple of secret deals with other OEMs like HTC.
So I guess you miss the part where Samsung lied about the indemnity clause of the MADA that they signed. Google and Samsung signed a “Mobile Application Distribution Agreement” that required Samsung to include Google apps on its Galaxy devices. Because of that, Google agreed to help Samsung with legal issues related to the use of the technology.