Apple v. Samsung part deux gets tangled up with Google, Motorola Mobility

Elsewhere, Apple v. Motorola Mobility looks like it is going to be renewed too.


The biggest tech patent trial (of the moment) is just turning into a hot mess.

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If you were trying to keep track of everything in Apple v. Samsung, two big developments this week threw a handful of wrenches into this particular case while simultaneously tying it back to the larger war at play: Apple v. Google.

On Tuesday , Google patent attorney James Maccoun revealed on the stand that the Android maker agreed to fork over some cash for Samsung's legal fees.

That's because Samsung -- the largest player in the Android ecosystem -- and Google had inked a "Mobile Application Distribution Agreement" in which Samsung agreed to include Google-made apps on its Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

In return, Google would help shoulder the financial burden for litigation related to this technology.

Google's involvement in the case became even stickier on Friday morning following the news that Apple and Motorola Mobility, which was been acquired by Google and since sold off in large parts to Lenovo, could actually pursue patent claims that had previously been tossed aside.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington disagreed with the ruling from the Northern District of Illinois over the interpretation of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,946,647, also known as Apple's '647 "quick links" patent.

Apple has accused both Motorola and Samsung of infringing upon this particular patent.

Prior to this morning, Samsung had been expected to wrap up its testimony on Friday with closing arguments set for Monday.

Instead -- much to the chagrin of Judge Lucy Koh overseeing Apple v. Samsung at the U.S. District Court in San Jose -- both sides of the courtroom will have to present extra expert testimony related to the '647 patent at the beginning of next week.

It's looking like everything will be shifted back a bit with closing arguments will probably be bumped back to Tuesday, marking the earliest point in time jury deliberations could commence.

To recall, Apple took up the bulk of the first week's proceedings with its case to prove its argument that Samsung lazily copied the iPhone and iPad for the Galaxy series, among other devices. The most eye-catching point arguably had to do with money as Cupertino upped the ante from $2 billion in damages sought to $2.191 billion.

Since then, Samsung attorneys have been doing their darndest to nail down their argument that Apple is really just using the Korean tech giant as a scapegoat in its larger mobile market battle against Google -- a stance that is looking more solid by the day.


Like many of the high-profile intellectual property trials inundating federal courthouses in and around Silicon Valley over the last few years, there is a dedicated pool of tech journalists covering live each day -- many of whom are frequently live-tweeting updates.

If you don't have the time (or patience) to follow along each day, check back here on ZDNet next Friday for another installment recapping the week in Apple v. Samsung, part deux.