Steve Jobs Tried to Avoid Samsung Patent Battle

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs tried to work with Samsung to avoid a court room battle over patents ahead of the legal headaches both companies are facing now. The two companies are fighting over patent infringement claims related to smartphones and tablets including the iPhone, iPad, and Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy lineup.

Steve Jobs tried to avoid Samsung court battleSteve Jobs tried to avoid legal fight over patents with Samsung

Apparently Mr. Jobs personally tried to work with Samsung in 2010, but wasn’t able to reach an agreement with the part supplier, according to the Wall Street Journal. News of Mr. Jobs’s effort was revealed during court testimony in Australia from Apple executive Richard Lutton. 

Apple and Samsung have been locked in a legal battle over patent infringement claims for several months. Both companies have alleged that the other’s mobile devices use patented technologies without proper licensing, and have filed lawsuits against each other in the U.S. and other countries.

A German court recently upheld an injunction blocking the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the country, and the company filed an appeal in hopes of overturning that ruling.

Apple was also awarded a temporary injunction through a Dutch court blocking the sale of some Galaxy devices in the European Union, and Samsung has agreed to postpone sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia until the end of September, but now is facing the possibility of an injunction in that country, too.