Because Google doesn't provide all the multi-touch functions many Android users want, device makers like Samsung are forced to build multi-touch functions to stay competitive. Mueller contends that Google has taken a "cowardly approach" that exposes Samsung and other hardware partners to patent suits. "It's one thing to shift a problem to someone else and another to actually solve it," he said. Mueller believes that the jury's verdict gives Apple "momentum against Android in general."
Google's statement today "isn't reassuring" about bringing "patent peace for Android."
Google wouldn't comment on Mueller's criticism. Mueller said he provides consulting services to both Microsoft and Oracle, but not to Samsung or Apple.
Apple's success in defending its patents could find different results in other countries. Some experts note that U.S. Patent Office patents are sometimes granted prematurely and later found to be invalid as has occurred with some Apple patents in the UK and Germany.
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