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An LTE-Capable iPhone Could Mean Trouble For Apple

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Many times have we mentioned that Samsung wasn’t going to leave this court-case without a fight. They have already come public about battling Apple in attempt to keep 8 of their smartphones selling on the U.S. market. Now they have even eviler plans of striking back against Apple.

Samsung does not want future iPhones to contain the new 4G LTE technology. Many of Samsung’s newest releases come with the blazing fast internet speeds and they know 4G will only attract more consumers to the iPhone.

With that said, Samsung has plans to sue Apple if they announce a 4G capable iPhone. KoreaTimes notes that Samsung owns a portion of the LTE patents on the market:

According to data from Thomson-Reuters, Nokia ranked top with 18.9 percent in terms of the number of LTE patents, followed by Qualcomm with 12.5 percent, Samsung Electronics with 12.2 percent and Ericsson with 11.6 percent.

I’m not a patent analyzer, but isn’t LTE a service provided by carriers and chip developers that any company can make use of? I’m sure if Apple implants the service in the right way, they can avoid any type of lawsuit.

Gigom added that the two companies’ may just use the patents to form a cross-licensing patent deal. In this type of situation, the two would share their patents without a royalty fee. The question is, would Apple even consider accepting a deal of sorts?

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  • Wouldn’t Apple just have to pay for the patent license? I’m sure it would be a drop in the ocean for Apple to do this, what with all that cash they’re sitting on.

    Plus, LTE is already available in the iPad 3, so it’s 99% likely it will be in the new iphone.

  • Samsung tried to sue over wireless connections in the most recent lawsuit, but it’s also an ‘industry standard’ so you can’t really sue over that.

  • Yeah, that’s crap. You can’t make something a standard and prevent some one from partaking in it if they are willing to pay for it.

  • sponticelli

    We’re talking about 2 different type of patents.

    LTE is an “Industry Standard”, so Samsung “MUST” license it for a “reasonable price”. In the case of misusing a patented standard, the violating part will be condemned to pay just the use (past sales * reasonable fee) instead of astronomic amount for damage like latest Apple’s win over Samsung.

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