A new development in the Samsung-Apple patent battle now involves the biggest companies of Silicon Valley. Facebook, Google, Dell, HP & eBay are all taking Samsung’s side in this lawsuit with a petition to the federal appeals court. The petition is meant to spare Samsung from paying the patent infringements caused by the Galaxy devices.
It’s surprising to see other companies join this eternal battle between the two biggest mobile tech companies on the market. Samsung has to pay a total of $548M which is the total profit earned from its Galaxy devices that, according to Apple, ripped off their design. It’s a huge amount of money which according to these Silicon Valley magnates is unfair. Their point is that the products made in this field are far too complex to generalize. Each smartphone is a unique combination of bits and pieces which are all working together to deliver quality, so you can’t say two devices are identical.
Google has a strong interest in this particular case, is not an impartial ‘friend of the court,’ and should not be permitted to expand Samsung’s word limit under the guise of an amicus brief
It doesn’t look like this battle is going to end anytime soon, but as more sides join the story we might see a decision eventually. It would be interesting to see more views on this lawsuit, which is currently in Samsung’s favor. They initially had to pay $1.05B which was then lowered to around $930M and then to $548M.