Patents in Apple-Samsung trial don't cover 'core' Android OS, Google says

Google has said that many of the patents at issue in the fight between Samsung and Apple do not relate to the "core" Android operating system.

The search giant, however, suggested that many of today's innovations are built upon technology that was created years ago.

"The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims," a Google spokesperson said. "Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. 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."

Google's statement comes several days after a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion (£665 million) after it found Samsung guilty of infringing on several Apple-held patents. Given that Samsung's line-up is largely devoted to Android-based devices, many wondered how the verdict would affect Android going forward.

At this point, the verdict only includes damages, but Apple plans to ask for product bans at a 20 September follow-up hearing. In a 24 August order, Judge Lucy Koh gave Apple a deadline to submit a one-page chart that identifies the products it wishes to ban in the US.

"Depending on the scope of Apple's preliminary injunction request, the Court may continue the briefing and hearing schedule on Apple's preliminary injunction motion," Judge Koh wrote.

Apple already succeeded in having the Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in the US ahead of trial. In a more recent filing, however, Samsung argued that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban should be lifted since the jury found that Samsung did not infringe on Apple's iPad design patent with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 - one of Samsung's only victories in the case.

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