Jessica E. Vascellaro writing at The Wall Street Journal, on the battle between Apple and Samsung in court:
Google will be watching the action closely. Its employees aren’t expected to testify, but legal representatives from Google are likely to attend the trial, according to a person who is familiar with the matter. Google lawyers have been consulting with device makers that Apple has sued, helping on matters such as the disclosure of internal company documents relevant to the case, this person said.
The search giant’s name is likely to come up during the trial. Apple has submitted to the court an email that a Samsung employee sent to his colleagues that included notes about a 2010 design meeting at Google to discuss two Samsung Galaxy tablets.
A win by Apple would harm every Android maker, as I pointed out yesterday, and would make the $12.5 billion that Google paid for Motorola Mobility seem even more foolish. Google needs a victory in court just as much as Samsung does to have any hope of making Android the market leader in high-end smartphones.