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Google backs Android partners in legal battles

In a show of confidence, Google has announced its support for Android vendors involved in legal action.

On a three-city Asian tour, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said yesterday (November 10) that his company will stand by those firms in any lawsuit.

"We tell our partners – including the ones here in Taiwan – we will support them," Schmidt said.

"For example we have been supporting HTC in its dispute with Apple because we think that the Apple thing is not correct".

According to Schmidt the support Google is offering takes the form of information sharing, industry expertise, as well as access to patents for licensing and legal purposes.

HTC is one of many technology providers battling it out with Apple in the courts – Motorola Mobility has been granted an injunction in a case surrounding two patents, while Samsung faces the same battle in various countries around the globe.

The case between HTC and Apple began last year, after a complaint was filed with the US International Trade Commission accusing HTC of violating 20 of Apple's patents.

According to technology news website ZDnet Australia, HTC's lawsuit using Google patents is the first major step that the search engine has taken to help its partners, intensifying the rivalry with Apple.

A contributing factor to this competitiveness is the ongoing debate of who created the technology first.

In his biography, Jobs is quoted as saying "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to…to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this."

"The Android effort started before the iPhone effort," Schmidt said in response this week.

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