Apple vs Samsung verdict: Google responds

Google has put out a statement referring to the verdict, saying most of the claims don't relate to core Android.

Apple and Samsung were quick to put out statements following the decision that could see the latter pay the former more than $1bn for infringing its patents . But Google stayed conspicuously quiet on the matter.

Now it's spoken up, saying most of the claims "don't relate to the core Android operating system", The Verge reports. Is it hoping to scotch Apple's ideas of taking on the whole OS next?

"The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims," the statements reads. "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."

A San Jose court found Samsung had copied Apple's designs for its smart phones and tablets. While the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringed several pieces of Apple's intellectual property, it didn't step on the iPad design patent, so Samsung has asked the court to drop the injunction on the device. (The Tab 10.1 hasn't been on sale in the US since 26 June .) Apple might even owe Samsung damages in return, which might take a slice out of its $1bn payout from the case.

Samsung's shares dropped by 7 per cent after the verdict. A hearing on injunctions will take place on 20 September, which could see the offending Samsung devices banned. Intrigued how the jury made up its mind? Check out this chat with one of the jurors .

What do you think of Google's statement? Should it be worried about Android being next in Apple's firing line? Let me know your thoughts below, or on our Facebook page.

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