Android vendors face a growing number of patent lawsuits from competitors, including formidable opponent Apple Inc. However, help may be on the way. Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt recently stated that his company will stand by those firms in any patent lawsuit.
“We tell our partners, including the ones here in Taiwan, we will support them. For example we have been supporting HTC in its dispute with Apple because we think that the Apple thing is not correct,” Schmidt told reporters during his first visit to Taipei.
In addition to Apple, companies using Google’s Android operating system are currently facing patent infringement lawsuits by Microsoft and Oracle. For instance:
- Apple is suing HTC Corp., Motorola Mobility, and Samsung Electronics Co. for patent infringement reacted to their mobile devices.
- Microsoft is suing Barnes & Noble, whose popular Nook e-book reader runs on Android.
- Google itself is also being sued by Oracle over claims that Android violates Java-related patents, as we mentioned in a previous blog post.
So, what should Android vendors expect from Google? According to Reuters, Schmidt said his company is ready and willing to provide information, industry expertise, and Google patents to help its partners.
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