Samsung Plans to Add iPhone 5 to Existing Patent Suits Against Apple
September 20, 2012 9:17 AM
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Samsung won't give up
Samsung and Apple had been fighting patent suits in court for a very long time now with no sign of suits ending. With the
launch of the iPhone 5
, Samsung Electronics has announced this week that it plans to add Apple's newest smartphone to its existing patent lawsuits against the company.
If Samsung happened to win an injunction against Apple in the patent suits, sales of the iPhone 5 could be blocked, but that seems unlikely. Apple had
pre-order sales of over 2 million units
in the first 24 hours of availability and will hit store shelves this Friday.
"Samsung anticipates that it will file, in the near future, a motion to amend its infringement contentions to add the iPhone 5 as an accused product," it said in a U.S. court filing.
"Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models."
Samsung issued a statement today that added, "Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights."
The escalating legal battle comes after Apple scored a win in August when a U.S. jury found that Samsung had
copied certain critical features
of the Apple iPhone. Damages awarded Apple in that case amounted to $1.05 billion. The jury in that case also found that Apple had not infringed on any of Samsung's patents. Naturally, Samsung said it would appeal the ruling.
However, Apple recently asked the court to
triple the award
against Samsung to $3 billion.
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They just keep feeding them
9/20/2012 10:47:54 AM
and they continue to come back!
If they stopped feeding the lawyers, there would be fewer of them and fewer silly law suits.
When you bill $200 to $1,000+ an hour plus expenses (and sometimes try to justify 300+ hours a month and charge for every single piece of paper and every single stamp, etc.), and your "host" continues to let you feed of it (and often asks you to) then every "host" suffers while the leaches (errrrr, lawyers) gets fat.
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers". - (Act IV, Scene II, King Henry VI, part 2)
RE: They just keep feeding them
9/20/2012 11:04:52 AM
You think lawyers working for on this case only make that small of a salary?
I wouldn't go lower then $4,0000-10,000 an hour on a case this large. They most likely have THE BEST lawyers money can buy at this point, in trying to win BILLION dollar cases. A few hundred thousand to maybe even a million dollars, will be force fed into several lawyer's accounts, and they will willingly take it.
RE: They just keep feeding them
9/20/2012 2:14:39 PM
Lawyers don't bill their salary. Billable time and what it is billed out as is only loosely tied to the lawyers' salaries. Additionally, retainer fees often are independent of billable time and billed rates. The best lawyers get a very large fraction of their personal income from the partnership itself (saves a HUGE amount in taxes).
I was giving charge values for individual lawyers as billable rates on the case. Having personally dealt with such lawyers (hell, I had one back in the early 90s that was charging $400 an hour back then), I know that it is rare for an individual lawyer to charge too much over $1,000 an hour, but still charge 250+ hours a month. (They do bill you for their drive time if they are on the phone with, or are riding with, *anyone* related to the case because, of course, they are "working" on your case.) I'd be shocked if the
billable rate for either Apple's or Samsung's lawyers is close to $1,000 per hour.
It is also not unusual for a firm to have 100+ lawyers plus law clerks plus admins working on cases like these. Thus the total LABOR bill (not including expenses which can easily double that) can easily be $10 million a month or more -- and that is PER CASE. Since a case can last a couple years or more (not including appeals) a case can easily cost the client in cases like these a total of more than a quarter billion.
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