In exchange, Apple will pay them 5 cents per unit. Sounds fair enough.
In the continuing battles between Samsung and Apple, there always seems to be a few surprises. At least those which surprise some of us. The latest one is a request from Apple lawyers where they want Samsung to pay damages to Apple of over $2.5 billion. That seems like a radically high dollar amount. There are a number of things this covers and appears to satisfy Apple’s needs in settling the case. For Apple’s part, they are proposing to pay Samsung what appears to be a much lower amount, to the tune of 5 cents for each unit where Apple has reportedly violated Samsung patents. Looking at this, Samsung comes out the big loser.
All of this is being reported by various sources, but one of the better ones is Foss Patents which provides some clarity in the mist of all the legal jargon which is going on. Apple has broken all of these charges into various detailed items, part of which is $500 million in lost profits for Apple because of the look alike products from Samsung. All of this just seems to keep coming.
While this one is a surprise to many, we do not expect Samsung to accept it. With their trial starting in a Northern California courtroom on Monday, Apple first has to win a decision from the Judge against Samsung. And while some are expecting that to happen, things could go against them such as in the Apple and Motorola case which was dismissed. One has to believe that the legal system is getting tired of the continuing lawsuits which are clogging the court system.
Some have now taken to calling this the The Patent Trial of the Century. The decision that comes down will have far reaching implications. This is not a sure thing for either party as there are many technical issues at stake and there is no sure thing they will find a jury that has a solid grasp on all of them. Depending on who wins this case, it will hopefully alter the course of the continuing stream of lawsuits between these two companies.
It does appear that Apple is using the patent lawsuits to their competitive advantage, but it may come at a very high cost if they lose this one case. What ever the decision, it will have a big impact on the industry against either Apple or Samsung.