Thursday, August 30, 2012

Exclusive: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) May Be Targeted By Samsung Once Again

Samsung is not taking things lying down, despite the damning indictment by a San Jose federal court that last week found it guilty of violating Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s patents.

The Korean electronics major has vowed to continue its litigations against Apple, while it now plans to partner with Microsoft to reduce its dependency on Google’s Android operating system.

A report by the Korean Times said that the company, which is the world’s largest smartphone seller, plans to appeal the jury’s verdict and also to pursue fresh litigations against the Cupertino company on patent violations relating to 4G LTE networks.

The paper stated that "Samsung confirmed that it will immediately sue Apple if the latter releases products using advanced long-term evolution (LTE) mobile technology," although Apple already has released New iPad models with 4G LTE connectivity, having introduced them nearly six months ago.

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Samsung controls less than an eighth of the patents related to LTE, with 43 percent of the patents share owned by Nokia, Qualcomm and Ericsson.

Samsung, in fact, is closely following Google in its approach that just a few standard essential patents can be used to successfully monopolize the entire market. Incidentally both companies are under investigation by authorities in the United States and the European Union for allegedly abusing patent law with regard to FRAND-committed patents.

The federal jury which fond Samsung guilty of violating patents also dismissed its claims that Apple had violated the Korean company’s patents with regard to wireless technologies. Apple argued that it does not infringe upon the patents, but also that Samsung misled standards bodies by hiding patents covering the technology it submitted for inclusion in those standards. 

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