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We've heard this before, but recent developments could speed the process

We just heard over the weekend that Apple and Google have settled their outstanding legal battles that began way back in 2010. Now comes word from The Korea Times that Apple and Samsung are inching closer to settling their patent litigation that spans courtrooms in numerous countries around the world.
"Samsung has recently resumed working-level discussions with Apple and the key issue is how to dismiss all lawsuits,” said unnamed sources familiar with the bilateral talks.  

"Today I settled all family business."
The sources add that royalty payments for the patents in question would be the likely remedy for both companies “before reaching a full agreement.”
The most recent court ruling in United States handed Apple a minor victory, with Samsung being ordered to pay $119.6M in damages for infringing on two patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 8,074,172 and 5,946,647). However, the jury also found Apple guilty of infringing on one Samsung patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,579,239) and awarded damages of $158,400.
The truce between Apple and Google give us some hope that this all out patent war in the smartphone realm could soon be over. However, all previous settlement negotiations between Apple and Samsung have failed in the past, so we’re not holding our breath on this report either.

Source: The Korea Times

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RE: Sweet...
By tonyswash on 5/19/2014 8:29:12 PM , Rating: 0
Maybe... Historically no, that psychopath Jobs wouldn't negotiate with anyone on anything...

One of the first things Jobs did when he returned to Apple in 1997 was negotiate and settle the outstanding Quicktime related patent dispute with Microsoft.

Apple had a strong case and would have probably won in court (Microsoft had stolen Quicktime source code) but Jobs saw the advantage in getting something other than cash, notably a public commitment from Microsoft on ongoing Office development for Mac and a small symbolic investment in Apple which got the shareholders off of his back whilst he got on with remaking the company.

Apple has never been interested in licensing technology (except for the stupid pre-Jobs return Mac clone phase) in order to generate income or trying to make money via legal damages. They just want people to stop copying their products. If Samsung moves on that then a settlement is entirely possible.

RE: Sweet...
By retrospooty on 5/20/2014 10:18:25 AM , Rating: 2
You took me out of context... I was referring to the whole copying thing when I said "anyone on anything" - not meant literally.

"They just want people to stop copying their products"

Why? Everyone copies... Apple copied Notifications in general from Android, split screen from Samsung, drop down notifications UI from Android, multitasking from Android and the task switching UI from WebOS and the flat look and feel from WP.

Why is it OK when Apple blatantly copies but no-one else? All companies build off the succeseful ideas of other companies. Why does Apple need special treatment?

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