So what if they lost the U.S. patent war which Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) had launched? Samsung is gearing up for battle with the iPhone maker not only in the U.S., but also in Asia and Europe over LTE patents. The fact is that Samsung owns a whole lot of such patents, 819 to be exact. Now iPhone 5 carries an LTE chip and with the smartphone’s launch round the corner, the South Korea based company wants to exploit the chink in Apple’s armor.
The Cupertino, California-based company stepped into the mobile space quite recently and had not participated in the development of the wireless standard. So Samsung assumes that Apple will have no ammunition to fight back. However, this may not be entirely true.
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Apple got an inkling of the possible complications that can arise because of failing to hold a wireless IP, when it was battling with Android over patents. It then began accumulating patents related to mobile standards and now owns 318 of them, 4.9 percent of the total. Why only last year, it did not have even a single LTE patent according to the Korean Intellectual Property Office. Also, Apple developed 44 of these patents on its own, and bought the rest from Nortel and Freescale.
Moreover, Apple has a majority stake in Rockstar Bidco Consortium which won the bid for the rest of Nortel’s wireless patents. So the iPhone maker is now the proud owner of 434 LTE patents. Although this number is much lower than the patents held by Samsung, Apple still has a sizeable number. So while Samsung may be all set to attack Apple over its iPhone 5, it is mistaken if it thinks that the battle will be a walkover. Apple, armed with its LTE patents will surely give Samsung a tough fight.