Steve Jobs Tried Unsuccessfully to Defuse Patent Dispute with Samsung in 2010
Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg report on testimony from Apple patent portfolio manager Chip Lutton as part of the Australian dispute between Apple and Samsung, revealing that Steve Jobs personally initiated contact with Samsung in 2010 in an attempt to head off the conflict before it headed into the courts.
Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. (AAPL), initiated contact with rival Samsung Electronics Co. in July 2010 to try to resolve a patent dispute that has since become a legal battle on four continents, an Australian court was told.
Jobs wasn’t involved once the ultimately unsuccessful talks over the Galaxy smartphone began, Richard Lutton, a senior director at Apple and the company’s patent attorney, told Federal Court in Sydney today.
“Samsung is an important supplier with whom we have a deep relationship,” Lutton testified in response to questioning by Samsung lawyer David Catterns. “We wanted to give them a chance to do the right thing.”
Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung has agreed to delay the device's launch several times as the injunction is being considered by the court, and today's reports note that Samsung has offered to make some concessions such as eliminating a feature designed to recognize and ignore accidental touch input. The judge in the case has indicated that she plans to offer a decision next week on a preliminary injunction against Samsung, which would remain in effect as a full hearing potentially lasting several months is conducted.
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And what about the others? Seems like people still don't understand the lawsuit.
It is not about an icon or a PDMI connector. It is about the entire presentation for start to finish.
Next time, check the definition of 'delusion'.
Ok, we get it. Different technology. Surprised you didn't harp on the fact that the Tab's cable is black and Apple's is white.
But do you deny that the overall presentation and packaging of the Tab is nearly identical to the iPad?
I'm pretty sure that was the entire point of the picture comparison.
How come HTC, Acer, etc doesn't have the same problem? ... they may have a few things that are similar to Apple (they may use different cables or packaging etc).
So the use of Apple icons? The identical design of the wall power plug? The packaging? The voice recorder app? The fact the Galaxy Tab 7 looks exactly like a super sized clone of the iPhone 3GS? The latest Galaxy 2 S commercial done in 100% Apple style, including a Richard Dreyfus soundalike?
Just all happy coincidence, right people?
One would have to be blind, dense, or in complete denial not to recognize Samsung's obvious and deliberate intent to copy Apple's products, packaging and marketing for their own benefit.
Samsung = KIRF.