Oh boy! Folks grab some more popcorn. As we all know by now, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was reported that Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.
At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung agreed to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court. The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple rejected that offer from Samsung which would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.
Also, it was reported that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. For laughs, Reuter revealed that asked by a judge in a California courtroom to tell the difference between a Samsung Galaxy Tab and an Apple iPad held side-by-side 10 feet away, an attorney for Samsung couldn’t do it (*chuckles*).
Today, Apple has told Samsung that it owns a “thicket of patents,” but it will only license “lower level patents” to competing companies. This has been revealed via a 65-page document Apple filed in Australian court last week, after Apple was granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. FOSS Patents Florian Mueller has analyzed the filing, and says it is “one of the most interesting court orders I have read in connection with mobile devices.”
The filing reveals that Apple is prepared to allow Android device makers the ability to license “some lower level patents”, but also said that it wants to keep many of its inventions exclusive to its own iOS products. In addition, Mueller said the document shows that Apple did not begin pursuing legal action against Android device makers simply to obtain a licensing deal. This is very different from Microsoft’s path, who is believed to receive $5 per unit for every Android device sold by HTC.