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    According to The Wall Street Journal, Google engineers including former Android Chief Andy Rubin may testify during the second patent lawsuit trial between Apple and Samsung. Samsung will reportedly be using the testimonials to prove that it licensed four out of the five software features it is accused of infringing upon, as it contends that Google had already been working on the technologies before Apple filed for patents.

    To help defend Samsung, Google engineers are expected to take the stand to refute Apple's arguments that it forged new ground with the iPhone. Andy Rubin, the former head of Google's mobile business who oversaw the development of Android, is listed as a potential witness. Mr. Rubin worked for Apple from 1989 to 1992.

    "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."
    For those of you who didn’t already know, Apple’s list of asserted patents include those for hyperlinking, background syncing of data, Siri’s universal search capabilities, auto complete and slide-to-unlock. The South Korean tech giant states that all of the features found on its Galaxy devices are Android features, except for slide-to-unlock functionality. The second trial covers more of the recent devices such as the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Tab 10.1, the iPhone 4/4S/5, the iPad 2/3/4, the iPad mini, and the fourth- and fifth-gen iPod Touch.

    After the original patent lawsuit (which covered older devices) concluded, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $890 million. A report last week stated that Samsung plans to call Google’s VP of engineering, Hiroshi Lockheimer, and Todd Pendleton, Samsung’s marketing chief for its US telecoms division to the stand. In the meantime, Apple is expected to call marketing chief Phil Schiller and possibly former SVP of iOS Software Scott Forstall among many others.

    We’ll have to wait and see how the case pans out.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal

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    2014-03-31 03:39 PM