Google have declared that they are joining forces with Samsung in the patent wars. Within hours of their appeal against the sales ban of the Galaxy Nexus handset in the US being turned down, Google have said that they, together with Samsung, are ready to release an OTA patch that they believe works around the disputed patent.
As the the software update is released Google plans to support Samsung in its appeal of the injunction as well as to challenge the universal search patent at issue in the case. Google and Samsung are also expected to challenge the validity of the patent, seeking a re-examination by the US Patent and Trademark office. They both believe that universal search pre-dates the Apple held patent.
Whilst the Galaxy Nexus is neither the highest selling or highest profile handset it is of great importance to Google as it is their “developer” handset which receives all of their OS releases first and in fact Android 4.1 Jellybean is due to be rolled out in the next couple of weeks.