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Steve Jobs Initiated Contact with Samsung to Resolve Patent Dispute in 2010

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The all-out patent dispute war has turned into a disgusting affair, as the legal battle has spanned four continents. Samsung has been accused by Apple of copying their iPad and iPhone designs. Back in July of 2010, Steve Jobs himself initiated contact with Samsung in an attempt to defuse the situation, but ultimately failed, according to Bloomberg.

Jobs wasn’t involved once the ultimately unsuccessful talks over the Galaxy smartphone began, Richard Lutton, a senior director at Apple and the company’s patent attorney, told Federal Court in Sydney.

“Samsung is an important supplier with whom we have a deep relationship,” Lutton testified in response to questioning by Samsung lawyer David Catterns. “We wanted to give them a chance to do the right thing.”

Apple’s patent attorney had testified in an Australian court, as part of Apple’s plan to block sales of Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 Tab. The patent dispute so far has resulted in Samsung suing Apple in South Korea, Japan, German, the Netherlands, and Australia (where Samsung has already delayed sales), over claims Apple has violated its patents.

The Sydney Morning Herald writes Apple believes Samsung will ‘seduce’ customers away:

Apple fears the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will launch on to the market “with the velocity of a fire hose” and “take away iPad 2 sales so quickly” that customers may be permanently “seduced” away from Apple’s iOS platform, its lawyers told the Federal Court in Sydney today.

The back and forth rift has resulted in Apple slowly moving away from the South Korean conglomerate as a parts supplier for flash memory and displays.

If Steve Jobs can’t convince Samsung to ‘do the right thing’, nobody can. It’s not like they’re actually copying Apple, anyways.

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  • Daniel Lee

    Imitation is the highest form of flattery.  Get over it, stop wasting money on lawyers and put the money into R&D.  With the amount of time wasted on this shit, they could have put it to get some more developers, maybe from the jailbreak community so they can improve the use of the iPhone/iPad.

  • Little_boi

    I like turtles.

  • Anonymous

    Couldn’t agree more. Without jailbreaking, I find iOS to be very dry and boring. Jailbreaking offers so much more.

  • Anonymous

    Couldn’t agree more. Without jailbreaking, I find iOS to be very dry and boring. Jailbreaking offers so much more.

  • Bob

    They’re so majestic.

  • Brad

    Agreed, jailbreaking is the one of re only reasons I bought my iPhones instead of androids.

  • Anonymous

    Quote: Apple fears the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will launch on to the market
    “with the velocity of a fire hose” and “take away iPad 2 sales so
    quickly” that customers may be permanently “seduced” away from Apple’s
    iOS platform

    … What?

    lol

  • Ned

    … or hire a bunch of the Samsung developers.  If you’re afraid of that farmer’s corn being better than yours, then buy up his farm-hands.

  • That reporter made it sound dirty!

  • Johna

    To be honest, I think the large majority of people don’t want to jailbreak.  Most people can’t be bothered to update their phone to the latest firmware.  Spending time customizing your phone is not the preferred thing to do for most people and it shows in the number of people who jailbreak (as reported by the jailbreaking community which no doubt the numbers are inflated).

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