Legal Loop: Apple Gave Ample Warning Before Suing Samsung


According to case documents in a legal dispute between Apple and Samsung, the Cupertino suits gave their competitors numerous warnings that they were infringing on patents before being actually suing. In various meetings way back in the Summer of 2010, Apple demonstrated the infringement to Samsung and attempted to negotiate a deal that would avoid the need for legal action.

By the looks of it, Samsung chose to ignore the notice and move on with their “willingly infringed” designs. Battling it out in court can be extremely expensive, so we wonder if Samsung would have been better off paying royalties to Apple (along with a bit of pride) instead of dumping cash into a lawsuit.

On or about August 26, 2010, Apple sent Samsung an electronic archive file containing claim charts further illustrating Samsung’s infringement of Apple patents. A presentationdocument that accompanied these claim charts identified the ’002 and ’381 patents as two patents that Samsung products infringed, and it substantiated these allegations with text from the patents and photographs of Samsung devices illustrating infringing functionality. Apple later presented these slides to Samsung at a meeting in Cupertino, California on or about September 9, 2010.

[The Verge]

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