9TO5Mac: Samsung and Google plan to work together to fight off Apple’s legal moves
It’s no secret that Apple has been aggressive to attack anyone involved with Android, filing tons of patent suits against companies, including HTC and Samsung. Perhaps the biggest news came last week, as Apple first won an injunction on the original Galaxy Tab and, later more importantly, in the week won in an injunction on the Galaxy Nexus, Google and Samsung’s pure Android experience they’ve partnered with on.
Now, both technology giants are fed up with the folks in Cupertino’s legal moves and are ready to work together. The Korea Times reports that Google and Samsung have a “game-plan” against Apple, that will most likely lead to a cross-licensing deal, aka both companies are out to get money from Apple. One Samsung source told The Korea Times: “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. It’s something many companies have agreed to do, for example when Microsoft announced a cross-licensing deal with Samsung last September. Microsoft also has agreements with a slew of other companies, including HTC, Onkyo, Velocity Micro, ViewSonic, and Wistron. Samsung and Google are hopng for similar terms with Apple.
Samsung this weekend of course appealed the judge’s grant to Apple for the preliminary injunction. An injunction on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would certainly be rough for both Google and Samsung. In the mean time, Samsung is anxiously waiting to hear what the judge rules: if the Galaxy Nexus injunction will be ruled to continue, or be stopped. Interestingly nothing has yet happened to Samsung’s Galaxy S III — which is expected to sell 10 million units in July.
Samsung and Google are obviously fed up with being attacked and just want to move on with creating products. Google also wants to have a similar partnership with HTC. It certainly looks like Apple will have quite the Android force against them.