Apple: Samsung's royalty proposal was discriminatory

Apple: Samsung's royalty proposal was discriminatory
In the closing moments of the notorious trial between Apple and Samsung, Cupertino's last witnesses have called Samsung's asking price for a patent royalty "discriminatory".

First, it was a former lead patent attorney for Texas Instruments, Richard Donaldson, who said that the royalty Samsung asked for its wireless technology patents was 2.4% of the iPhone's price. That, according to him, is discriminatory, because this tech enabled such a small fraction of the device's features.

In addition, New York University professor Janusz Ordover, another Apple witness, said that these 2.4%, or $14 of the price of the iPhone, are equal to a holdup. "It enabled Samsung's technology to be introduced, to become part of the standard. They have acquired holdup power," argued Ordover.

Could it be that Samsung wanted to put Apple in an unfavorable position through an overly high royalty fee, which would cause the U.S. company to lose hundreds of millions of dollars? Well, business is a dirty game, you know, so we guess companies are doing everything they can in order to overpower their rivals.

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source: TheGuardian

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17 Comments

1. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

:/ :/

2. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Really? And their asking price from Samsung of $30 per phone & $40 per tablet to use a rectangle isn't? $30 per phone, lets use the Galaxy S3 (since it's Samsung's most expensive at the moment), is almost 5%. 5% to use a friggin rectangle VS 2.4% to use technology that someone had to create. Who's really being discriminatory?

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

sad story man......apple is really ridiculous :(

11. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm agree with you. Apple is full of their own s**t. Please somebody put all this to an end...

12. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

Dont forget the cost also includes "generic phone icons for contacts, dialer, web and others"...

3. MeoCao unregistered

Of course it is discriminatory, a fitting retaliation to Apple's demand of $30 something for all kind of stupid patents.

5. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Apple wanted $30 per phone & $40 per tablet to use a rectangle from Samsung. another proof how Apple is rotten, lying, stealing, bribing, .... how any one can buy an Apple rotten product? just a complete rotten and immoral person or who just do not know what the IT abbreviation means...

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I was about to mention the same thing lol Yea, having to pay for an actual tech patent is discriminatory, but trying to charge Samsung nearly 4x that amount for vague rectangle patents is "OK". lol. What a bunch of bafoons.

13. kabukijoe

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

Come on guys, Apple invented rectangels. They patented them. Lol.

6. Aeires unregistered

Patents might cost Apple hundreds of millions. Meanwhile, Apple breaks the $600 billion mark. Sorry Apple, hard to find the sympathy.

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thank you. Apple claimed Samsung hurt them financially....and yet they break the 600....billion....mark. Thats billion with a B, not million. Stop being so damn greedy Apple!!!

8. nagabiru003

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

"It enabled Samsung's technology to be introduced, to become part of the standard", wow, stealing and stabbing at the same time, nice play..... why don't you say "It enabled the freakin' rectangular shape to be (re)introduced, to become part of the standard".

9. Savage unregistered

Others already said what was on my mind. $14 for wireless tech patent is unreasonable but $40 for black rectangles is? Apparently even $600 billion isn't enough to satisfy your greed.

10. casbah70

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 21, 2011

is this wireless patent the one that allows photos to be sent out via email? I'm not apple fan-boy, but I have to agree that it is a small part of what the device can do. Of course, 2.4% is a pretty small percentage.

14. tha.fox

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

Everyone hates touchwiz anyways samsungs icons are the worst out of every android and thats what apples mad about haha. If samsung has a different interface they would be even better apples ugly icons held sammy back a bit in my opinion. Motorolas icons are the best by far

16. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Touch screen, rectangle, square email attachment and etc that Apple patent is no new technology. Its been around for yearssssssssssssss, and Apple modified and than patented it. Their products has been that great, if it wasn't for their marketing dept it will not made where is now. They got the best marketing dept by far not best product. And also bunch lawyers that convince an eskimo that that an ice is created by eskimo. Apple needs to face the facts their products will not work without Samsung PERIOD!!!!! Every single device out there has Samsung in it!!!!!!!!!!!!

17. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

One Word, Ridiculous. Apple's greed never gets full.

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