Here’s Why Google Should Care About the Apple-Samsung Trial

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) entered the first phase of their latest court battle on Monday as the jury selection for the next patent-infringement trial began. The new trial is just the latest episode in a long-running series of legal battles that that the companies have been engaged in since the iPhone maker filed its first patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung in 2011. However, the latest trial is different, because it could also have consequences for Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). Since Apple is targeting technologies that are found in the Android mobile operating system, Google will be playing a more direct role in the latest patent-infringement trial.

As noted by The Telegraph, Samsung will call Hiroshi Lockheimer — vice president of engineering for Android — as a defense witness. The Korea-based company is expected to argue that some of the patented features claimed by Apple had already been independently invented by Google. For its part, Apple will argue that several of Samsung’s Android-based mobile devices are infringing on five of its software patents. The patents cited by Apple cover a universal search feature used by Siri, a “slide-to-unlock” feature, an “autocomplete” feature, a “quick links” data detection method, and a background synching technology.

Although Apple was awarded about $930 million in damages by a jury in the previous patent-infringement trial, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s request for a permanent sales ban on Samsung’s infringing products. However, the sales ban may have been a moot point since the products that Apple was seeking a sales ban on are no longer sold by Samsung.

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