Steve Jobs Tried to Avoid Samsung Patent Battle

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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.

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Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

You missed the best part of the Australia saga… Apple’s lawyer pretty much admitted that the iPad is an inferior device. From El Reg:

If that statement sounds a little strong, here?s what Apple?s lead barrister, Stephen Burley, said: “Once the Galaxy Tab goes to a purchaser who invests and purchases apps on the Galaxy Tab, we have lost them forever in relation to apps and interactivity because they will then be Android people.”

It kinda reminds me of how I lost Cindy Crawford to Richard Gere back in the day.


He didn’t admit to anything of the sort, but if it makes you feel better, whatever.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

So in the other thread, nobody could explain to me why this guy’s statement is necessarily true. Google and other Apple competitors make apps for iOS, in order to get a share of interactivity. They often do this against great resistance from Apple (Google Voice, Kindle 30%, etc.). Why doesn’t Apple make apps for Android, which represents a market twice with twice the number of active users as iOS? Then, those customers would not be “lost forever’.

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