Lawsuits bring out the true colors of everyone involved, and now it seems Apple is claiming Andy Rubin used some Apple owned concepts while building Android. This claim comes as HTC said to ITC that Andy started his work with General Magic, but it turns out that's not true. Andy Rubin worked with Apple during a short period of time in the 90's, and this was apparently while Apple was working on the patent that Android apparently is infringing on.
Here is the quote from Apple:
Android and Mr. Rubin's relevant background does not start, as HTC would like the Commission to believe, with his work at General Magic or Danger in the mid-1990s. In reality, as the evidence revealed at the hearing, Mr. Rubin began his career at Apple in the early 1990s and worked as a low-level engineer specifically reporting to the inventors of the '263 [realtime API] patent at the exact time their invention was being conceived and developed. [...] It is thus no wonder that the infringing Android platform used the claimed subsystem approach of the '263 patent that allows for flexibility of design and enables the platform to be "highly customizable and expandable" as HTC touts. [...] While Mr. Rubin's inspiration for the Android framework may not be directly relevant to the pending petitions for review, that HTC felt compelled to distort this history is illustrative of the liberties it takes in attacking the ALJ's [initial determination] and the substantial evidence supporting the ALJ's findings.
This is not a big deal considering Andy Rubin is not on HTC's pay roll. Apple mentioned this just to clarify a misleading statement. Now considering Google is now on the verge of buying Motorola, this patent violation might become a big deal soon enough.
It is quite amazing how many lawsuits are waiting for Google whenever they take the keys to Motorola's HQ offices. I would reconsider this whole purchase if I was Google, but that is just my thoughts, share yours below.
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