17
Jul
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According to a header from a sealed document unearthed by FOSSPatents, Google has requested to intervene in an ITC patent lawsuit between HTC and Nokia as co-defendant to the Taiwanese smartphone-maker. This is the first time Google has ever filed as an intervening 3rd-party in a patent lawsuit between one of its hardware partners and a competitor, so it may be the sign of a shift in strategy for the company.

12-07-16 ITC-847 Google motion to intervene

There's also the fact that Google has requested an antitrust investigation against Nokia in the EU, so maybe Google is just piling on the Finnish firm to makes its stance even more clear. As the case involves patent infringement, Google is likely looking to assert its own portfolio against Nokia, as well as to defend HTC using its own patents where feasible (eg, in issues involving core features of Android, as opposed to HTC devices specifically).

It's probably best not to read too much into this, as lawsuits are by their nature complex entanglements of business strategy and legal technicalities - taking this as a sign of a larger change in philosophy for Google may be a bit premature. We'd all love to see Google jump into the fray against Apple and Microsoft, but it's easy to forget that this would also mean more lawsuits piled on top of more lawsuits. Still, direct intervention may be the only way this mess can get sorted out, and it's possible Google is getting tired of seeing its partners get pushed around with injunctions and import bans.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • NemaCystX

    "Direct Intervention is Necessary" :P

  • NemaCystX

    "Direct Intervention is Necessary" :P

  • Kokusho

    Great to see Google defending HTC, HTC doesn't deserve all the shit falling on them.

    • NemaCystX

      Google should defend its OEM's, after all, I don't think it was the Nexus that got Android's numbers high. The Nexus got devs interested and marketshare started to climb afterwards but its the OEM's that are the backbone of Android, then the Developers, because without the hardware, we wouldn't have Android phones/tablets.

    • NemaCystX

      Google should defend its OEM's, after all, I don't think it was the Nexus that got Android's numbers high. The Nexus got devs interested and marketshare started to climb afterwards but its the OEM's that are the backbone of Android, then the Developers, because without the hardware, we wouldn't have Android phones/tablets.

  • Kokusho

    Great to see Google defending HTC, HTC doesn't deserve all the shit falling on them.

  • TheMetrix

    Can anyone tell that anti-Android shill Florian Mueller and his FUD Blog to fuck right off?

    • hot_spare

      That a$$-hole had the guts to associate his blog with FOSS. You should have seen his comments after the Google-Oracle case, really funny - for me!

      • http://twitter.com/timrdsn Tim Richardson

        his main point is that (a) google has made mess of IP around Android and that (b) sooner or later it will have to make deals with some of the big players. this is what everyone else does, but google hasn't come to that position yet. plus the situation is slowly getting worse for android, he's sadly correct about that. it doesn't matter much; when the time is right deals will be done. google must figure delay is its friend although the galaxy nexus ban must have caused some doubts.

        • blix247

          How has Google made a mess of the IP around Android? It seems more to me like a lot of companies have been granted ridiculously stupid patents for more than a decade, and are now wielding them to anti-competitive ends.

          The situation isn't just getting slowly worse for Android, its getting slowly worse for everyone who doesn't have 20 years of ridiculously stupid patents.

  • TheMetrix

    Can anyone tell that anti-Android shill Florian Mueller and his FUD Blog to fuck right off?

  • Sven Enterlein

    The more the merrier!

  • elijahblake

    i wish someone would SUE the patent office or whoever regulates the laws for it...

    • David Keith

      hahaha if I could I would my friend

  • cooldoods

    I will be eagerly following this lawsuit now that Google has entered the ring.

  • http://twitter.com/FreeandGo1 FreeandGo

    I hope Nokia will die.

    • jeffrey evans

      I don't. I'd just rather see them making Android handsets.

  • jeffrey evans

    You mean "Android OEM's versus Apple." Why not, Apple needs to be taught a lesson about monopolies.

    MS just settles for licensing fees, not the greatest thing, but doesn't stop Android handsets from being made.

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