We have been watching Apple and Samsung fighting for a long time regarding patent issues. None of this companies were accompanied by a third company for assisting them handling the battles. But, according to The Korea Times, Samsung has confirmed that the company is working with Google to fend of patent infringement claims made by Apple. Now, Samsung and Android creator Google are “working closely to create a united front” in the face of legal challenges from Apple.
Apple won injunctions on the original Galaxy Tab and on the Galaxy Nexus. Galaxy Nexus handset was co-developed by Samsung and Google. Industry sources reportedly indicated that Samsung may lose up to $120 million on the Galaxy Nexus if the sales ban extends for two months. On the other side, Apple’s injunction barring sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will cost Samsung about $80 million.
Though Google hasn’t publicly mentioned any agreement with Samsung regarding its patent infringement with Apple, but Samsung has clearly mentioned that Google has come up to help the company regarding the patent battle. In fact, Samsung believes that Google’s assistance will give the company an advantage in the courtroom against Apple. Now, Google and Samsung have a “game-plan” against Apple. Both the companies are trying to get money from Apple by defeating the company.
An unnamed official of the Samsung said, “It’s too early to comment on our game plan (with Google) in the legal battle; but we will do our best to get more royalties from Apple, which has benefited from our technology. The fight is becoming more dramatic and the possibility of a truce in the form of a cross-licensing deal, seems to be becoming likely.”
Cross-licensing deals are nothing new in the technology sector. Samsung and Google are hoping for similar terms with Apple. Samsung has already filed a notice of appeal in the Galaxy Nexus case. The court may delay the inunction until the legal proceedings move to the next step. Samsung is anxiously waiting to hear what the judge rules.
Google may invite HTC to join them. If HTC really joins with Samsung and Google, no doubt, Apple will be in big trouble.