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NewsPoster Mar 31, 2014 10:50 AM
Google's Andy Rubin may testify during second Apple v. Samsung trial
Google's former Android head, Andy Rubin, may be asked to testify on behalf on Samsung during the <a href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/03/30/jury.will.see.instructional.video.on.patent.proces s.that.features.apple.products/">second Apple v. Samsung patent trial</a> beginning today, says the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>. Samsung is reportedly challenging Apple's assertion that the iPhone was completely groundbreaking by pointing out that Google was already working some of the contested technologies before the iPhone shipped. It <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304688104579470170432070410?mg=ren o64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB 10001424052702304688104579470170432070410.html">no tes</a> that except for slide-to-unlock, all of the patents Apple is asserting -- related to hyperlinking, background sync, Siri's universal search functions, and auto-complete -- are Android features.<br /><br />Rubin in fact briefly worked for Apple between 1989 and 1992. Other Google engineers are also listed as possible defense witnesses, such as VP of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer. <br />
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The second trial is due to tackle more recent devices by the two companies, such as the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, and Galaxy Tab 10.1, as well as iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches from the iPhone 4 on through the iPhone 5 and iPad 4. Like the previous trial, the new one is unlikely to have much effect on the companies' sales -- any injunctions would affect products that are marginal or discontinued.
 
burger Mar 31, 2014 11:43 AM
"all of the patents Apple is asserting -- related to hyperlinking, background sync, Siri's universal search functions, and auto-complete -- are Android features."

Great! Just show us the patents on those features, and we'll pretend that's relevant!
 
Flying Meat Mar 31, 2014 07:04 PM
This should open the doors nicely.
Samsung says, "Don't sue us, sue Google."
Google says, "We were doing some of what you are suing Samsung for. Here's a former Android head to prove it. He even worked for Apple for a while."
 
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