Thursday, June 24, 2021

An outrageous bite from Apple?

The global courtroom war between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics is going to keep us entertained (or bored) for the next few months, so be warned: Stock up on whatever it is to keep your sanity in check until judges have sorted this out.

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But remember as any legal slugfest goes on, the claims made by either side can be highly entertaining. One of the lastest from Apple has got the dander up on a Forbes contributor linked to here: That Samsung’s patent royalty demands are “unfair.”

What’s unfair? Samsung is demanding $12 for every iPhone Apple makes to licence its intellectual property. Meanwhile Apple wants $30 for every tablet Samsung makes to use its IP. There’s an argument that this is apples and oranges (different patents), but you might be persuaded from this piece that there’s some nose-stretching going on.
Why this is important: Money. U.S. carriers this week reported in their quarterly results they sold a combined 7.9 million iPhones in three months ending June 30. That’s in the U.S. alone.

 

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Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com

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