Yet another interesting finding from the ongoing court battle between Samsung and Apple, this time related to Apple’s offering to license patents for smartphones and tablets at $30 and $40 respectively.
AllThingsD notes that Apple was reportedly “shocked” upon seeing the Galaxy line of phones. Samsung is major component supplier to Apple for the iPhone and iPad. As such, they decided to reach out to Samsung, offering them an opportunity to license patents at $30 per smartphone and $40 per tablet. This offering took place on October 5th, 2010. The presentation included some choice quotes.
Samsung chose to embrace and imitate Apple’s iPhone archetype. Apple would have preferred that Samsung request a license to do this in advance. Because Samsung is a strategic supplier to Apple, we are prepared to offer a royalty-bearing license for this category of device.
Apple also offered a 20 percent discount if the Korean manufacturer were to cross-license its portfolio to Apple. This wasn’t Apple’s first contact with Samsung to address concerns of copying, an earlier contact in August 2010 was headlined Samsung Copying iPhone.
You have to wonder if at the end of this trial, if Samsung would have been better off accepting the $30 per smartphone, $40 per tablet deal that Apple had on the table.