Apple touted its ‘strong and growing’ UMTS patent portfolio in cross-licensing offer to Samsung

“This week, a variety of unredacted Apple v. Samsung documents were filed after Judge Koh denied the parties’ requests to seal them,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.

“The part that’s really most interesting to me is the one about FRAND licensing issues,” Mueller reports. “In this regard, the single most informative document that came to light this week is a letter dated April 30, 2012 from Apple’s IP licensing director Boris Teksler to his counterpart at Samsung, Seongwoo Kim.”

Mueller reports, “For the most part, the three-page letter criticizes Samsung’s royalty demand for its 3G/UMTS-essential patents: 2.4% of the average selling price of a licensed device… I have not seen Apple assert any standard-essential patent in litigation, and I have countless Apple lawsuits on my watch list. For a long time I doubted they even had any meaningful number of SEPs. But times have changed, and Apple now does own a significant number of SEPs. In its April letter, Apple’s Mr. Teksler refers to ‘Apple’s own strong and growing UMTS-essential portfolio, including the large set of patents that Apple recently acquired from Nortel.'”

Much more in the full article, including what Apple proposed to Samsung, here.

MacDailyNews Take: Stop with the SEP abuse already, Samsung, you slavish copiers!

10 Comments

  1. According to recent research Apple has about 8-10% of 3G/4G patent pool — which consist of up to 7000 patents overall. Most of those patents are acquired, but about 2% were Apple’s own inventions.

  2. Moto dwarfs Apple on telephony patents. Mueller should take his iPhone out of his ass. Might he be the secret Tim Cook lover? Time loves you Florian you little gay thing you. 🙂

    1. Gary J., you’re a dumb*ss. Apple and Samsung were specifically addressing 3G/UMTS standards-essential patents, NOT any telephony patents.

      Motorola may have a bunch of telephone-related patents, but if they’re for technology which everyone has passed by, they’re not worth the crap that spews from your fingertips.

  3. It’s pretty obvious that in the Samsung case like with Microsoft before it, ripping off Apple will pay off handsomely. This is exactly the opposite of what IP laws were designed for.

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