Originally Posted by steelbom
Buying technologies is something every company does. And every company copies, to an extent. But Samsung literally tried to make their smartphone(s) look more like the iPhone and that damned them. They deserved to lose, because they did do what they were accused of, and that's their fault. Ultimately the outcome of this was pretty fair. Samsung refused to license Apple's patents relating to multi-touch gestures, and they did copy the iPhone.
I don't have a lot of time right now, but I'll address this point.
Samsung refused to license since Apple wanted $40 per device, which is utterly ridiculous.
Again, I will use Apple's hypocritical ways to illustrate this.
Apple refuses to pay Motorola a royalty for the fundamental patent of a "portable hand-held telephone device".
What is an iPhone again? A "portable hand-held telephone device"
Motorola wants 2.25% of the sale price of each Apple device in which the standard is used. This works out to $14 per device. That doesn't sound so bad, it costs Apple $186 to make an iPhone, it would now cost them $200, which they turn around and sell for $600+.
They are still making $400+ to sell a Mobile Device, and it would be right to pay the inventor of the mobile phone a royalty don't you think? But to date, Apple has refused to pay ANYTHING to Motorola, yet, how many mobile phones have they sold?
If they think $14 is too much to pay for the patent that makes your device a Mobile Phone
, how is asking for twice that amount a fair request for trade dress, a patent that Apple should have never been granted in the first place, due to all the prior art?
As we know, Samsung was already working on devices with a rectangular screen and rounded corners, so why should Samsung have to pay Apple for something they were already working on?
If Samsung had agreed to Apple's request, last quarter alone
Samsung would've had to pay Apple $1,500,000,000 for making a device with a rectangular screen and rounded corners? I don't think so.
That $1.5 Billion would be for smartphones alone, not counting the $40 per tablet Apple demanded.Edited by 2010rig - 8/26/12 at 6:10pm