WSJ: Google engineers may testify during Apple-Samsung patent lawsuit trial

WSJ: Google engineers may testify during Apple-Samsung patent lawsuit trialAccording to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report, the second Apple-Samsung patent-infringement lawsuit trial - which commenced in a San Jose, California federal court on Tuesday - may bring Google engineers, including former Android Chief Andy Rubin, to the stand to testify in the case.

The WSJ report follows a last-week revelation that Samsung apparently plans to call Hiroshi Lockheimer - Google's VP of engineering - and Todd Pendleton, Samsung's marketing chief for its U. S. telecoms unit, to the stand. Apple, meanwhile, will likely call marketing chief Phil Schiller to testify; and probably even Soctt Forstall, the company's former SVP of iOS Software.

With Apple seeking a ban on the sales of a number of Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S3, Samsung will reportedly use the testimonials of Google engineers to prove that it licensed four out of the five software features which Apple claims it has violated.  

Since Samsung will chiefly contend that Google had already been working on the in-dispute technologies before Apple's patent filings, the WSJ report said that Google engineers will help defend Samsung in its arguments, and are expected to take the stand to rebut Apple's claims that it forged new ground with the iPhone.

Noting that "Google will be a lot more front and center than in previous cases," patent expert Michael Carrier - a law professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey - said: "Google vs. Apple makes it more of a clash of the titans on the same turf."