The Apple vs. Samsung saga has been unfolding at a rapid pace over the last few weeks, and several new developments about what went on behind the scenes is starting to emerge. According to court fillings, Apple considered Samsung a “strategic partner”, and offered them the option to license key patents in order to restore peace between the two companies. “Samsung chose to embrace and imitate Apple’s iPhone archetype,” Apple said in an Oct. 5, 2010 presentation to Samsung. “Apple would have preferred that Samsung request a license to do this in advance. Because Samsung is a strategic supplier to Apple, we are prepared to offer a royalty-bearing license for this category of device.”
According to a report by AllthingsD, Apple also offered to give Samsung a 20 percent discount if the company would cross-license its patent portfolio back to Apple. The documents also show Apple was interested in expanding the scope of what was covered to devices running the Symbian and Bada operating systems as well. In 2010, the year the settlement was proposed, Apple was seeking around $250 million in compensation. They also pointed out that the settlement was far less than what they were already spending with Samsung on components.
“Apple has identified dozens of examples where Android is using or encouraging others to use Apple patented technology,” Apple said in the August 2010 presentation, which contained the headline “Samsung copying iPhone.”
“Many more Apple patents are relevant to the Android platform,” Apple said, outlining dozens of patents it believed were being infringed. “Apple has not authorized the use of any of these patents.”
Obliviously Samsung didn’t take the offer or they wouldn’t still be duking it out in court. $250 million in 2010 however would probably only be a small fraction of what they would be earning as royalties these days since Samsung has the market cornered when it comes to non-iPhone Smartphones.