Steve Jobs tried to avoid legal battle with Samsung

“Apple and Samsung clashed in a second day of hearings in an Australian court Thursday,” Darrell Etherington reports for GigaOM. “At issue are three patents that Apple holds and claims Samsung infringed upon with the design of its Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.”

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“Apple’s lawyers revealed during the proceedings that Steve Jobs attempted personally to avoid a legal battle between the two companies, and Samsung made a concession that could lead to hardware design compromises in the Australian market,” Etherington reports. “Apple executive Richard Lutton (who was reported to be leaving Apple earlier this year) provided evidence that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs approached Samsung during summer 2010 in an attempt to avoid conflict between the two companies, which maintain a significant supply-side relationship.”

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  1. Samsung’s “trivial” patent.

    Exactly what was patented and then abandon to avoid such infringement?

    The entire device, it’s interface, the look and feel, the fact that this occurred while under contract to produce items for Apple… all is infringing. The copycats have come far too close to a clone and it has to be delt with.

    Let’s remember, this iPhone was introduced as a SmartPhone… No other SmartPhone at the time had only one main button. The move to go fully Touch drive opened the way to the functionality an simplicity that is reflected in the design of the look and feel of the device itself. Browsing and Graphic Interface all tied together in a new modern operating system. This is Apples. They own it. To see even a Windows Phone designed and functioning with tiles and gestures with the finger – to me is also infringing. No, the competition needs to research at greater lengths and try perhaps voice controlled phone before Apple gets there.

    Perhaps, Apple is the one who can live without – Samsung. However, the number of manufactures who have teamed with the Android side greatly out number Apple. To simply, look at all the models and brands available from low-to-high end, in comparison to the 2 models Apple farms out; no matter what marvelous supply chain and pre-ordered contracts that favor Apple… The clone wars of the iPhone are a troubling state to Apple. Best interest is that Apple protects it’s IP and perhaps seek it’s very own production facilities. For such a secretive company to thrive with it’s fruits in the wild this is to be expected one would think.
    Buying out Samsung probably would not solve anything. Dealing with another Korean manufacture seems not quite right either. Bringing it all back to to shores of America may not be possible yet from the success of Apple I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

    I am also, rather concerned with the iPhone 5.
    It’s size and main button do seemingly copy the Gallay S Ii. Apple must be either so confident to take this direction.

    Can the device one day have no physical buttons. No home button, no on button nor volume control button also. Imagine that the device would remain constantly on, in a hibernation state powered by solar, when spoken to, the phone then awakes and returns to running off the battery. I believe if the iPhone pushes this way, Apple will errode the market on headsets and bluetooth earphones to the cellphone. A device like this listening and functioning by voice and touch when required. Or maybe we will just have to wait for the iPhone6.

    1. “I am also, rather concerned with the iPhone 5.
      It’s size and main button do seemingly copy the Gallay S Ii. Apple must be either so confident to take this direction.”
      So, you’ve seen production models of the iPhone 5 then? You must have done to be so confident of your claim. Or are you just extrapolating from a bunch of supposed ‘leaks’ and 3rd party case manufacturers illustrations to make such a claim.
      In either case, you are, frankly, full of it. Nobody can draw any conclusions about the design until Apple release it on October 4.

  2. It is hard to rationalize Samsung’s position here . Considering the substantial amount of supply business that Apple was giving them, it defies logic that they would jeopardize this. When this is over someone at Samsung should get the axe but that is unlikely

  3. Somehow. a busy MDN failed to post a news item that I sent on 26 September. An online retailer in Australia was selling Samsung product by indent from Hong Kong direct to the buyer until Apple stepped in and told them to stop. A clever but failed attempt to avoid court-ordered cessation injunctions. (Also sells Apple product at prices that undercut Apple’s retailers).

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