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Apple agrees to license some low level patents

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has asserted that if it wins over Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO 005930) in its slew of international lawsuits [1][2][3][4] [5][6][7] it will not license certain patents.

The approach is somewhat unusual in a market where companies like Microsoft, Corp. (MSFT) usually use their patent library to pressure rivals into lucrative licensing agreements [1][2].  Rather, Apple looks to “one up” competitors’ products with its IP library in order to make its own product more attractive.

In the past, Apple has patented certain technologies that are rather relatively obvious (e.g. its GUI patents including U.S. Patent No. 7,469,381) or cover ubiquitous industry standards (e.g. multi-touch) that were well-researched academically but were patented by Apple once the technology became mass-producible. 

Some have accused Apple of fighting dirty in suing with obvious patents and, thus far, refusing to license industry-standards (e.g. the rectangular tablet design and multi-touch).  Similar allegations have been leveled against Samsung, who in its countersuits has used certain industry-standard wireless patents covered under "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory" (F/RAND) terms.  While Samsung also uses non-standards patents in its suits, its plan to see a ban on Apple's products using the F/RAND IP is controversial -- much like Apple's identical initial strike.

In the court filing Apple did leave the door open to licensing some patents, rather than refusing to license them and seeking a ban.  Apple's lawyers write:

However, he emphasises that such discussion was part of the broader discussion of a framework by which Samsung Electronics Co Limited could continue to sell its products with some elements of Apple Inc’s intellectual property, such as some 'lower level patents', available to them but would cease copying the features and functionality of Apple Inc's products, and the iPad in particular.

What is unclear is what patents exactly are among those "lower level" ones that Apple would be willing to license.

Samsung isn't taking any chances.  The New York Times reports that Samsung has filed suit seeking a sales ban on the iPhone 4S via preliminary injunction in Japan's Tokyo District Court and in Australia's New South Wales Registry.  The ban would apply to all of Japan and all of Australia if Samsung sees success in its respective claims.
Samsung wants Apple's iPhone 4S banned in Australia and Japan [Source: Apple]

James Chung, a Samsung spokesperson, states, "We are actively responding in (the legal battle) with Apple."

On Sunday Samsung Chief Operating Officer and President Lee Jae-yong journeyed to the U.S. to attend the memorial service of late Apple co-founder Steven P. Jobs.  He said that he would be meeting with Apple's new CEO Tim Cook, but it was unclear whether peace talks would be on the agenda.

Mr. Lee comments, "I will have a chance to meet Cook, but I'm not going there for business purposes. I'm going to pay tribute to Steve Jobs, and I don't know what I will talk about with Cook."

Samsung and Apple now have over two dozen lawsuits in over 10 countries worldwide regarding supposed infringements of mobile device intellectual property.

Sources: Samsung Fires Back at Apple iPhone 4S, Federal Court of Australia



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RE: Apple's tactics are bad for all consumers
By Pirks on 10/17/2011 7:15:55 PM , Rating: -1
Well, anti-Apple clowns like you just don't want to call Apple approach technology, they think that technology only means pure functionality, GeeBees and GiagHertz and manufacturing tech nanometers etc and nothing else.

I just treat technology in a more general sense. Why restrict technology to functionality only? The technique of designing shape/form/looks/experience first and the hardware/iron/software second is just another kind of TECHNOLOGY, nothing more nothing less.

People from Cupertino who understood this now swim in money, while you sad clowns are entertaining myself and these Cupertino folks when you scream "Apple is doomed!" every quarterly Apple report or every blockbuster Apple product launch.

I was like you a few years ago but I learned to understand technology in a broader sense, related not only to pure functionality and functionality alone. It all started from computer games when I realized one day that the power of graphics engine is just like power of gigabytes and gigahertz you clowns blindly worship. It takes some kind of artsy creative person with a lot of wild ideas and colorful imagination to use that uberpowerful engine to produce a state of the art game. Why? Because you need someone who doesn't care about product internals, you need someone who cares about how the product feels, behaves and tastes. Someone who can turn technology into the tool of sculptor or artist, tool that creates new beautiful shapes and experiences. These experiecnes sell, not the gigahertz!

It just came to me after some beautiful game, probably after Prince of Persia or something. It just clicked! I immediately realized why all the Mac users or iPhone users are so possessed :) You can't explain this, you gotta experience this.

I only experienced this once when buying electronics, it was when I was shopping for a tablet and saw Playbook. My first thought was "god it is SO beautiful!", strangely I feel nothing like this when I see Macs or iPads or iPhones. They look nice but I just can't fall in love with their shape and form the way I felt in love with my Playbook :)

Yeah so you antil-Apple clowns won't understand it for a while, you'll keep fapping on your geebees and your gigahertz and your quad cores octocores shmoctocores... but Cupertino will get ya, hehe. Unless they run out of Steve Jobs ideas in a few years and there's no one to continue his legacy.

We'll see about that tho...


By DeluxeTea on 10/18/2011 1:02:15 AM , Rating: 2
Cool story bro.


RE: Apple's tactics are bad for all consumers
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/18/2011 8:24:40 AM , Rating: 1
Um...yea, I work in technology...so....not sure what the fuck you are babbling on about. You are still an idiot regardless.


RE: Apple's tactics are bad for all consumers
By Pirks on 10/18/2011 1:52:36 PM , Rating: 2
Hehe, judging by your posts here you must be working "in technology" by cleaning some technology company offices and taking out their garbage :)))


RE: Apple's tactics are bad for all consumers
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/18/2011 4:43:57 PM , Rating: 2
Judging by your posts, you still live in your mommies basement.


By Pirks on 10/18/2011 5:11:35 PM , Rating: 2
haha you wish clown :)))


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