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However, even though it is indeed a small victory, it's not a major one according to the world's most quoted patent expert, Florian Mueller, who says that overall, Apple is beating Android and stated that the victory, in reality, was "..... a non-win for Apple and a non-defeat for Samsung... that's all."
In fact, when it comes Apple, and its recent and massive victory over Samsung last week, it could help to explain why both CEO's of Google and Apple have been holding secret patent talks, with more to follow.
I've seen comments and reports that suggested that both companies were getting weary of all of the legal patent squabbles and were interested in coming to some kind of reasonable understanding. My take, however, is that after last week's massive Apple patent victory Google now sees the writing on the wall for Android and recognize that they are clearly next in line, and that if Google doesn't come to some kind of mutual agreement with Apple, then Android, at least as it now stands, is el-finito...... finished!
In fact, when it comes to who's winning in the current patent wars, and according to Herr Mueller, he notes:
"The Android camp is clearly losing this patent war (not as quickly as Apple would like to win it, but still, Android is losing without a doubt, with Android-based devices having been found to infringe 15 valid Apple and Microsoft patents, all of the non-standard-essential). That's why some of the companies on the losing end, and those who for whatever reason seek to support them, try to make people believe that there been wins and losses on both sides, while no reasonable impact assessment can arrive at the conclusion that is is a balanced battle. Currently, not a single standard-essential patent is being enforced against Apple or Microsoft anywhere in the world. Apple will have to pay something to Motorola in Germany and a small amount to Samsung in the Netherlands, but that won't change the equation for a cash-rich player like Apple." (emphasis mine)
As AppleInsider reported , after, "Realling from its scathing jury verdict, Samsung executives have promised to continue to litigation with Apple over patents while also partnering with Microsoft to cut its dependency on Google's Android."
In other words, as far as the above goes, Samsung is scared stiff and is showing their real colour.... that of its sheer desperation! At least that's how I read it anyway. Yes, I can see and agree that looking to Microsoft's Windows 8 mobile as an alternative is a good one for Samsung, but it's not a very good or great one, because according to a recent Berstein Report: "People Don't Want Windows Phones."
In conclusion, I honestly can't say for sure if Google is losing the patent wars, but at this point, unless things change, and change fast, than it's becoming increasingly clear that most likely Google Is Going To Be A Big Loser, after all.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this cloudy Friday, August 31, 2012