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Apple Attempting to Settle Patent Fights with Licensing Terms

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Mar 6, 2012, 2:49 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple has reached out to several of its smartphone competitors in attempts to settle some of the on-going, patent-based litigation facing the company, reports Dow Jones. Dow Jones's sources say that Apple offered terms, which included settlements in exchange for royalty payments and licensing fees, to Motorola Mobility and Samsung. Apple requested its competitors to pay between $5 and $15 per handset to license some of its patents, says one Nasdaq source, which amounts to 1% to 2.5% of net sales. Last month, Motorola indicated that it wanted 2.5% of device sales in royalty fees from Apple, too. So far, none of Apple's competitors have agreed to Apple's settlement terms. None of the companies involved commented on the Dow Jones story, but it reports that discussions between the players are on-going.

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Mar 7, 2012, 1:10 AM

Apple is not settling...

They're just resorting to different tactics to win.
It is actually a redefinition of 'victory'....previously Apple had said they would NEVER settle and they would be satisfied with nothing less than the death of Android.

This offer can only be considered an admission of defeat by Apple.

Mar 6, 2012, 3:19 PM


why would anyone want to settle with the enemy (apple).
where are you apple in germany?
trying to ban samsung products instead of settle it!
Here's why:

Legal threats. See, apple is not only taking the big guys (Samsung, HTC, Motorola), but also the little guys to court. Little guys cannot afford all the legal tie up and will settle. This gets Apple money.

And, it was Apple's plan...
No one wants their products taken off the market by a court. That's the nuclear option. Some companies may be going for that, but for every patent that Samsung has, Apple has another, and so on. Therefore going for the nuclear option means the other c...

Mar 6, 2012, 7:40 PM

It's a start

If courts can determine which Apple patents are valid and enforceable (ie no prior art), then it makes sense for Apple to be able to license them out.

I don't want to comment on which ones should/shouldn't be legal, but I just want this patent war to end so that we can start focusing on what matters which is getting the best product out to the customers.
The faster all this nonsense is over with the better, and not only apple, seems kodak is become a nasty patent troll as well. Then again they're on life support and circling the drain. Apple on the other hand is worth aprox. half a trillion dollars. ...
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