Apple offered licensing deal to Samsung – $30 per phone, $40 per tablet

Macworld Australia Staff
13 August, 2012
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Apple offered Samsung a licensing deal for its portfolio of smartphone patents when it became obvious that the Korean giant was “embracing and imitating” Apple’s iPhone in 2010, according to a presentation just unearthed.

As Apple and Samsung go head-to-head in a US courtroom over alleged patent infringements, the presentation given to Samsung by Apple executives just under two years ago read: “Samsung chose to embrace and imitate Apple’s iPhone archetype. Apple would have preferred that Samsung request a license to do this in advance. Because Samsung is a strategic supplier to Apple, we are prepared to offer a royalty-bearing license for this category of device.”

All Things D reports that Apple asked Samsung to pay on the order of US$30 per smartphone and US$40 per tablet.

“Apple also offered to give Samsung a 20 percent discount if the Korean company cross-licensed its portfolio back to Apple,” the website reported. “Apple also sought royalties on Samsung’s non-Android smartphones, including those running the Symbian and Bada operating systems.

“For 2010, Apple estimated that Samsung would have owed Apple approximately US$250 million, an amount it noted was far less than Apple was spending on components.”

The October 5, 2010, ‘Samsung copying iPhone’ presentation was made public in the last session of the patent case being heard at the US District Court in San Jose, California, in which Apple is seeking more than US$2.5 billion in damages from Samsung.

“Apple has identified dozens of examples where Android is using or encouraging others to use Apple patented technology,” it read. ” “Many more Apple patents are relevant to the Android platform … (and) Apple has not authorised the use of any of these patents.”

All Things D reported that Apple patent licensing director Boris Teksler made reference to the presentation during his testimony on Friday, saying: “We didn’t understand how a trusted partner would build a copycat product like that.”

See a PDF of the the full presentation here.


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