Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been standing firm all day Monday, professing that the jury decision inthe patent-infringement case between Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., was just about them - although Samsung doesn't create its own operating system for smartphones - it uses the Android operating system created by Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG).
And despite the knowledge that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) offered its legal resources to Samsung in fighting the case, the company continues to take a stance that it was above the fray, and that investors and anlysts should be able to separate Google from the companies in the lawsuit. In a rief statement, Google stated that the heart of the issues in the Apple-Samsung trial were design issues that had to do with Samsung and the design of its handsets and tablets, and that Android is not part of that.
But if that were completely true, then why was Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) known well to utilize its resources for this legal battle? If for no other reason, it was probably to show support for Google's hardware partners, who have been involved in several litigious situations over the years - it's estimated that Apple and Samsung alone have had 50 legal scrapes in 10 countries over possible patent issues.
But is Android completely harmless here? Patent consultant Florian Mueller doesn't think so. "While it's true that Google is not responsible for Samsung's design patent infringement, the three software patents that were deemed valid and infringed [upon] really are an Android issue," he said.
In the Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) statement, it said, "The mobile industry is moving fast and all players--including newcomers--are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that."
There are analysts who think that as long as Google stays out of direct confrontation with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL0, it shoudl be able to move forward - though there is a question about sending its partners into battle with Apple. Just before the Samsung decision was reached, Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility sued Apple on the claim of several patents being infringed. That is also noteworthy to Mueller, who said Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is taking a "cowardly approach" by working through its hardware partners to challenge Apple in the courts.
"It's one thing to shift a problem to someone else and another to actually solve it," he said.