Patent Case Loss in Apple vs Samsung Helping Google, Analyst Says

One plus for the technology giant Google, is that the Android operation system maker in the Apple vs Samsung lawsuit is how that decision could affect a federal antitrust investigation into Google, according to an analyst. Google is currently being investigated by the FCC (Federal Trade Commission) over some very broad antitrust claims, including Google’s potential to lock down its search and other applications on smartphones and anything that runs or will run an Android Operating System. The firm is trying to negotiate with European regulators on some different ways to change its various practices in search to make the market a lot more competitive. It’d be interesting to see the search market more competitive, seeing Microsoft’s Bing and Google’s Google fight for the top would be something interesting to see.

Now that the jury has officially determined that Apple has some very exclusive rights to some very key technologies on the smartphone, the Federal Trade Commission might rethink its position on Google’s dominance when it comes to mobile search — a part of the agency’s investigation, according to some different reports coming from the Wall Street Journal.

“Apple’s patent victory on Friday has the potential to raise the cost of Android devices or perhaps even give Apple exclusive use of certain features or designs of handsets. The Obama Administration has been active promoting tech sector competition and has particularly focused on the risk that patent lawsuits present for mobile Internet competition,” said Paul Gallant, an analyst at Guggenheim Partners research in D.C.

“So we think the prospect of Apple becoming even stronger in mobile – along with Verizon’s recent effort to rein in the power of Android and Apple by pushing Windows Mobile – should reduce the chance of the FTC deciding to impose new limits on Google’s Android business,” Gallant said.

The European Union and the Federal Trade Commission are both supposedly ready to settle with Google instead of suing the firm, Gallant and some other analysts have said. The European Union is expected to announce their settlement as early as September, which is only a week or two away and the Federal Trade Commission is expected to announce their settlement by the end of the year.

All that said, this is lawsuit is really turning out to be really good on the Google side of things. Still, while Samsung losing was by no means a good thing, it is nice to at least see some good coming out of the lawsuit on the Android side of things.


source: Washington Post