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Apple's Chief Patent Litigator Profiled as Samsung Threatens Lawsuits over iPhone 5

Bloomberg Businessweek publishes a profile of Noreen Krall, Apple's chief patent litigator handling the growing number of lawsuits and other disputes involving Apple, including the high-profile U.S. case that saw Apple win a $1 billion verdict against Samsung late last month. The article offers an interesting look at how Krall has managed to become one of the "masters of the chessboard" in understanding patent and court rules around the world and herding teams of lawyers both inside and outside of the company.
“There is no historical precedent for what Noreen Krall is doing,” said John Thorne, who ran Verizon Communications Inc.’s intellectual-property team before joining Kellogg Huber in Washington this year. “Good generalship produces results like Noreen has gotten. She’s mastering big decisions, like which law firms to hire, how to manage resources, how much of Tim Cook’s time to take.”
The report notes that the 2009 hiring of Bruce Sewell from Intel to become Apple's general counsel and the subsequent 2010 recruitment of Krall from Sun was part of a strategy to ramp up the company's patent protection efforts as the looming threat from Android grew. Krall, an electrical engineer by training who spent time at both IBM and Sun before joining Apple, appears to be highly-regarded by her peers and former coworkers, and while Apple refused to comment for the report it appears that Krall is certainly making a name for herself at her latest company.

Krall's profile comes as Apple may be facing even more lawsuits in the coming months, as The Korea Times reports that anonymous Samsung officials have acknowledged plans to sue Apple over the iPhone 5, focusing on LTE-related patents held by the Korean company.
"It's true that Samsung Electronics has decided to take immediate legal action against the Cupertino-based Apple. Countries in Europe and even the United States ― Apple's home-turf ― are our primary targets," said a senior Samsung who is directly involved with the matter, in a telephone interview with The Korea Times. [...]

"Apple claimed the existing 3G-related patents are standard essential patents (SEPs) according to our earlier commitment to the FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms. But the story is totally different when you talk about LTE patents. These are new and highly-valued," said another Samsung executive.
The report also mentions word from an anonymous executive at Korean carrier SK Telecom claiming that Apple has agreed to launch an LTE-enabled iPhone 5 on the carrier. Word of negotiations between Apple and SK Telecom surfaced last month, and late last week The Wall Street Journal confirmed that the iPhone 5 will have "global LTE support".

Update 9:20 PM: SK Telecom has contacted us to let us know that it has not confirmed anything to The Korea Times with respect to the iPhone. The Korea Times has also updated its report to cite "industry sources" rather than SK Telecom directly.

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21 months ago
Someone is having a little fit.

How is 3G different than 4G. Samesung needs to realized that when you are caught red-handed than you get in trouble.
Rating: 34 Positives
21 months ago
Apple already had LTE in the New iPad before Samsung even touched it, so this couldn't be more pathetic. Shame on Samsung.
Rating: 33 Positives
21 months ago
I guess we could all discuss what warrants essential technology patents vs what doesn't.

Fact is - if Samsung does have these patents and believes Apple has infringed - then no matter how frivolous - they are entitled to have their day in court if it goes to trial just like Apple was.

If you're going to hate the system - hate the entire system - not just when a company you don't care for takes advantage of it.
Rating: 24 Positives
21 months ago
Apple is going to walk into court claiming two things: 1) Even if LTE is new, it's still a standard that all handset manufacturers have to implement (and therefore should be FRAND) and 2) they're buying chips from a third party that are implementing the standards, so technically that should be bundled in the sale of the chip.
Rating: 20 Positives
21 months ago
The bigger question is do other LTE phone manufacturers have existing licenses with Samsung? If not I think it's clear why Samsung is doing this.
Rating: 14 Positives
21 months ago
What'd you guys expect for Samsung to just take it?

What comes around goes around as far as I am concerned.
Rating: 12 Positives
21 months ago
I think what is most frustrating as an outsider watching all of this, is that it seems as if it is less about companies not wanting other companies to make money - it is that companies don't want APPLE making money. It almost seems as if all of these phone manufacturers are saying "Hey, they make computers, they have no business here in the phone world! We've been doing this for Years! What makes them think they can just step in and..." you fill in the blanks there.

It's completely ridiculous. Stop and think about this for a moment. If any of these were successful, do these companies think that just because they "put Apple out of the game" that consumers will just automatically go and buy their devices? Sure - they would be the only ones out there, but when you have to decide which is the better junk stock to buy... you get my drift.

This all harkens back to 2007 when both RIM and Nokia went onstage and BOTH said "We aren't worried about Apple's entrance into this field. They are not telecom people. We are." - Now look at them. It's almost like watching a bunch of children in a school yard. One group picking on another group. It just looks ridiculous. If these other companies would just spend the money and time (and that is really the biggy here - the time factor - cause it takes TIME to innovate) and actually make something lust-worthy, none of this would be going on. I hate to say it, but Asia, for the most part, is just one gigantic photocopier. That is why all of Sony's, Panasonic's, HTC's, Samsung's stuff looks almost identical. Someone comes up with a good idea and the rest of them just follow suit. What the real problem comes down to is an American company who just isn't going to stand for that. Now they are pissed and wanting to retaliate any way they can. Stop being LAZY! OWN YOUR PROBLEMS!!!
Rating: 11 Positives
21 months ago

I think what is most frustrating as an outsider watching all of this, is that it seems as if it is less about companies not wanting other companies to make money - it is that companies don't want APPLE making money. It almost seems as if all of these phone manufacturers are saying "Hey, they make computers, they have no business here in the phone world! We've been doing this for Years! What makes them think they can just step in and..." you fill in the blanks there.

It's completely ridiculous. Stop and think about this for a moment. If any of these were successful, do these companies think that just because they "put Apple out of the game" that consumers will just automatically go and buy their devices? Sure - they would be the only ones out there, but when you have to decide which is the better junk stock to buy... you get my drift.

This all harkens back to 2007 when both RIM and Nokia went onstage and BOTH said "We aren't worried about Apple's entrance into this field. They are not telecom people. We are." - Now look at them. It's almost like watching a bunch of children in a school yard. One group picking on another group. It just looks ridiculous. If these other companies would just spend the money and time (and that is really the biggy here - the time factor - cause it takes TIME to innovate) and actually make something lust-worthy, none of this would be going on. I hate to say it, but Asia, for the most part, is just one gigantic photocopier. That is why all of Sony's, Panasonic's, HTC's, Samsung's stuff looks almost identical. Someone comes up with a good idea and the rest of them just follow suit. What the real problem comes down to is an American company who just isn't going to stand for that. Now they are pissed and wanting to retaliate any way they can. Stop being LAZY! OWN YOUR PROBLEMS!!!


Funny you say this because Im pretty sure Apple was the one that decided to start suing competition with silly patent violations (grids with rounded icons. . )
Rating: 10 Positives
21 months ago
Do they really think that Apple would take any chances by not properly licensing LTE patents? If they intend to allege that Apple needs to pay an additional license on top of what they already pay to component manufacturers (who are licensed themselves), which is what they alleged for the 3G patents, then Samsung really has no case here.
Rating: 10 Positives
21 months ago
Perspective is a funny thing. One might argue the opposite. That Apple doesn't want anyone else to succeed in their space now.

I think what is most frustrating as an outsider watching all of this, is that it seems as if it is less about companies not wanting other companies to make money - it is that companies don't want APPLE making money. It almost seems as if all of these phone manufacturers are saying "Hey, they make computers, they have no business here in the phone world! We've been doing this for Years! What makes them think they can just step in and..." you fill in the blanks there.

It's completely ridiculous. Stop and think about this for a moment. If any of these were successful, do these companies think that just because they "put Apple out of the game" that consumers will just automatically go and buy their devices? Sure - they would be the only ones out there, but when you have to decide which is the better junk stock to buy... you get my drift.

This all harkens back to 2007 when both RIM and Nokia went onstage and BOTH said "We aren't worried about Apple's entrance into this field. They are not telecom people. We are." - Now look at them. It's almost like watching a bunch of children in a school yard. One group picking on another group. It just looks ridiculous. If these other companies would just spend the money and time (and that is really the biggy here - the time factor - cause it takes TIME to innovate) and actually make something lust-worthy, none of this would be going on. I hate to say it, but Asia, for the most part, is just one gigantic photocopier. That is why all of Sony's, Panasonic's, HTC's, Samsung's stuff looks almost identical. Someone comes up with a good idea and the rest of them just follow suit. What the real problem comes down to is an American company who just isn't going to stand for that. Now they are pissed and wanting to retaliate any way they can. Stop being LAZY! OWN YOUR PROBLEMS!!!



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Yes! Arguing that LTE-related patents are not standards essential because they are new is very amusing. LTE is a standard as well -- and once again we fall into the realm of patent exhaustion because Apple buys its LTE technology from Qualcomm who has a license to use the LTE-related patents.

Samesung/Samsuck is grasping at straws here. They should negotiate for a license to Apple patents and then move on.


Who says they haven't tried? And oh yes - using samesung/samsuck as a moniker cheapens your discussion point and only makes you look juvenile. Well done.
Rating: 10 Positives

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