Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 13:36 UTC
Legal "One of the exhibits Samsung has now made public tells an interesting tale. It's the slide presentation that Apple showed Samsung when it first tried (and failed) to get Samsung to license Apple's patents prior to the start of litigation. While some of the numbers were earlier reported on when the exhibit was used at trial, the slides themselves provide more data - specifically on the difference between what Apple wanted Samsung to pay for Windows phones and for Android phones. The slides punch huge holes in Apple's FRAND arguments. Apple and Microsoft complain to regulators about FRAND rates being excessive and oppressive at approximately $6 per unit, or 2.4%; but the Apple offer was not only at a much higher rate, it targeted Android in a way that seems deliberately designed to destroy its ability to compete in the marketplace." Eagerly awaiting the 45 paragraph comment explaining how this is completely fair and not hypocritical at all. Bonus points if it includes something about Eric Schmidt being on Apple's board, and, double bonus point if it mentions one of the QWERTY Android prototypes. Mega Epic Bonus if it somehow manages to draw a line from Edison, Tesla, to Jobs.
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Alfman
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2011-01-28

Tony Swash,

Don't be pretentious. Patents were *supposed* to promote inventions which would not have otherwise been viable to develop without patents, yet I somehow doubt there's a single patent in apple's "FRAND" portfolio that you could claim this to be the case for. Apple are as guilty as everyone else in abusing the patent system and intentionally using it as a weapon to harm competitors. They *all* deserve to share the blame for the patent mess we're finding ourselves in.

Fanboys need to quite playing favouritism. While individual cases will be won and lost, everyone should recognise that we *all* loose in the long run because the costs of all this BS gets passed on to consumers as either higher prices or lost features. These lawsuits today have squat to do with innovation.

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