Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Mobile: Samsung Won't Settle With Apple - Good Move
There's a splatter of posts from blogs to newspapers to financial sites reporting Samsung's mobile chief as saying that the Korean tech giant will not be settle with Apple on the various patent issues. Rather, they'll stick it out in the courts.
It's a good move. There had been reports that Steve Jobs had discussions with Samsung about this. And you know where that went. Right now, Samsung is counter-suing Apple with FRAND patents which getting itself unwanted attentions from various regulatory bodies. Even that has not deterred Samsung in the least.
So, what’ll happen is we’ll see where this goes. Right now, Samsung is appealing the more than $1 billion judgment it lost to Apple by claiming the foreman was biased and quite possibly hit information from the court about his past. I don’t think we’ll see anything come of this. There is simply no evidence that his past clouded him in the Apple-Samsung case.
But it shows that Samsung can keep this in the courts for years.
Meanwhile, tech moves on. Samsung also knows that since it has lost some judgments to Apple, it doesn't have anything else to lose here. Any negotiation it enters with Apple will be at a disadvantage.
So, to the courts it is.