Apple and Samsung are preparing themselves for yet another skirmish in the smartphone patent wars. As the mobile phone giants prepare to face off in San Jose, California next week, both parties’ court documents have been made public, and it’s pretty clear that there is no love lost between them.
For Apple’s part, they’ve said that Samsung’s patents are almost worthless, as it was revealed yesterday that they were offering just $0.0049 for every device featuring an infringed patent. Meanwhile, Apple are hoping for royalties of between $2 and $24 for each of their patents that Samsung encroaches on.
Samsung’s retort is that Apple has been relying on Samsung’s technology for years, including the flash memory, main memory and application processor featured in the current iPhone. On top of that, however, Samsung believe that:
‘Apple also uses patented Samsung technology that it has not paid for. This includes standards-essential technology required for Apple‘s products to interact with products from other manufacturers, and several device features that Samsung developed for use in its products.’
Furthermore, Samsung have come out and said that Apple ‘could not have sold a single iPhone without the benefit of Samsung’s patented technology’ and that Apple’s internal documents reveal that the Cupertino company’s ‘strength is not in developing new technologies first, but in successfully commercialising them.’
Strong words from both sides then, though it does seem that Samsung’s are more grounded in empirical evidence. We’ll keep you posted as the case develops.