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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JAlexoid
Member since:
2009-05-19

If they could slow the industry down and make money they would.

I'm pretty sure that Apple is doing exactly that right now.

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bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12

"If they could slow the industry down and make money they would.

I'm pretty sure that Apple is doing exactly that right now.
"

Actually that is exactly what Nokia, Samsung and Motorola were doing with they're lame ass feature phones a bit more than 5 years ago. Incremental and minuscule hardware updates such as a slightly better camera, or adding radio or whatever.
Until Apple came along with the iPhone (which they initially made fun of).

Edited 2012-10-22 17:04 UTC

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Apple has the right and should protect things that make their device stand out. However, they have taken a lot of steps that do not defend the most definitive elements of the iPhone; in addition to the one's that do defend the elements that make iPhone an iPhone.

One example is the broadening of swipe to unlock patent. Specifically because most of those patents are implemented in WP7/WP8/Win8, this ceased to be the defining patent for the iPhone. Demanding $40(or whatever they were demanding) for swipe to unlock, tap to zoom and rubber banding is a "robbery".

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