Is Google next on Apple’s hit list?

Apple is no doubt feeling like king of the hill today. Lawyers for the company are expected to ask the judge to stop all the sales of Samsung devices that were found to be problematic in Friday’s patent ruling.

One question floating around now: Who will Apple go after next? From Fortune:

 

There was an elephant in the courtroom when Apple won its billion-dollar patent infringement award against Samsung Friday, and its name is Google.

After all, Google engineers were directly involved in developing at least one of the phones (the Nexus S) found to have infringed Apple's patents, and every one of the accused devices was running Google's Android operating system -- the "stolen product" Steve Jobs had promised two years earlier to destroy.

Apparently making the case against Google and Android would be a little tougher than the Samsung lawsuit--since Google gives the OS away for free. But it’ll be interesting to see how quickly the industry starts reacting & what exactly that reaction looks like.

Here’s Google’s statement on the verdict from The Verge:

 

The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. 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.

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Adriene Hill is the senior multimedia reporter for LearningCurve.
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