Apple has already won the initial ruling in its patent infringement lawsuit against HTC, which alleged that HTC had infringed upon two of its patents by using the Android OS in its devices.
With the HTC lawsuit almost won, Apple has a very good chance of winning similar lawsuits against other Android manufacturers, as most of them use the same features described in the lawsuit.
With this set of patents, Apple joins the exclusive club of those companies who stand to make billions in revenue from Android, which currently include Google, Microsoft and Oracle.
I also pointed out that Apple now had a chance to shut down the sale and import of all Android devices in the US, though it may have seemed a bit far fetched.
Today, at the Google Mobile Conference in Tokyo, Eric Schmidt said that his company will back HTC in its patent fight against Apple.
“We have seen an explosion of Android devices entering the market and, because of our successes, competitors are responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations,” he said. “I’m not too worried about this.”
He also commented that “We will make sure they don’t lose, then”, when asked whether Google will be providing financial assistance to HTC. He didn’t reveal any more details, about how it planned to defend its HTC and its other hardware partners.
Google doesn’t have nearly as many patents in its arsenal as Oracle, Microsoft or Apple. It recently lost the Nortel patent auctions, which could have doubled its patent portfolio and provided it with some much needed ammunition in its patent wars against Apple and Microsoft.