Monday, August 13, 2012

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had Warned Samsung about Patent Violations in 2010

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had warned Samsung that its Galaxy smartphones may violate its iPhone patents, a senior executive in the company said in court on Saturday. 

Apple's director of patent licensing and strategy, Boris Teksler told the court that he had created a presentation where he had laid down the patents that the company thought the Korean company was violating.

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The Cupertino company is suing Samsung for copyright infringements and copying the designs of its iPhones and iPads and using them to design its Galaxy range of mobile devices that have become very popular worldwide.

Teksler said that both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook had been aware of the patents violation and had spoken to Samsung about it.

In the presentation, that Apple had shown to Samsung in 2010, Teksler gave details of the patents held by his company including the ones called `rubber-banding' user interface, email threading and gesture heuristics.

The presentation also took pains to point out the similarities between the iPhone and Samsung's devices.

Teksler said that when they noticed the violations Apple had been shocked by the blatant copy, by a company that it considered to be a trusted partner.

"We didn’t understand how a trusted partner would build a copycat product like that,' Teksler said.

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He pointed out that there were three categories of patents held by Apple:  Those required for standards, those for core computing and those related to Apple’s unique user interface. Apple was not interested in licensing any of these patents.

Apple would be winding up its prosecution and parade of witnesses to bolster its accusations on Monday. Samsung will then commence its defence immediately.

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