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BY EVAN THOMAS

 

NATHAN BYRNE

Apple’s patent-infringement fights have been rolling around the globe for two years now. But a new report suggests Apple may be looking to settle some of its disputes.

MacRumors cites a Dow Jones article, which explains Apple may be willing to drop litigation against Samsung and Motorola — in exchange for as much as $15 per Android handset sold. That would make for a nice revenue stream, MacRumors says, but not a necessary one.

“Apple’s cash position and domination of mobile phone industry revenues also mean that the company has less of a need to settle for royalty payments from its competitors.”

But Business Insider points out — this game is as much about preventing your competition from profiting as it is about you profiting.

“Apple is not particularly interested in earning money from Android. It mainly wants to make Android more expensive for resellers.”

Still, that’s a significant departure from the mindset Steve Jobs had on Android. As Boy Genius Report points out, a quote in Jobs’ biography shows just how far he was willing to go to “destroy Android.”

“‘I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product.’”

And Apple now has considerably more than $40 billion to work with. So why the change of heart? CNET suggests — attrition.

“The news comes after Apple has suffered through a series of court rulings with mixed results. With one [lawsuit] after another getting filed by Apple and its competitors, there doesn’t appear to be any resolution to the fighting.”

The Verge says it’s to prevent the courts from giving patents close scrutiny.

“…several of the pending cases are quickly reaching the stage where each side’s patents may be judged on the merits. That’s dangerous territory — better to strike a deal and walk away then have a court rule any patents invalid and take away leverage for future lawsuits.”

Dow Jones couldn’t confirm that settlement talks are actually taking place. Its sources said the proposal is part of an “ongoing process” between the companies involved.

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Mar 7, 2012

Is Apple Mulling Patent Settlement?

(Image source: Today’s iPhone)

BY EVAN THOMAS

 

NATHAN BYRNE

Apple’s patent-infringement fights have been rolling around the globe for two years now. But a new report suggests Apple may be looking to settle some of its disputes.

MacRumors cites a Dow Jones article, which explains Apple may be willing to drop litigation against Samsung and Motorola — in exchange for as much as $15 per Android handset sold. That would make for a nice revenue stream, MacRumors says, but not a necessary one.

“Apple’s cash position and domination of mobile phone industry revenues also mean that the company has less of a need to settle for royalty payments from its competitors.”

But Business Insider points out — this game is as much about preventing your competition from profiting as it is about you profiting.

“Apple is not particularly interested in earning money from Android. It mainly wants to make Android more expensive for resellers.”

Still, that’s a significant departure from the mindset Steve Jobs had on Android. As Boy Genius Report points out, a quote in Jobs’ biography shows just how far he was willing to go to “destroy Android.”

“‘I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product.’”

And Apple now has considerably more than $40 billion to work with. So why the change of heart? CNET suggests — attrition.

“The news comes after Apple has suffered through a series of court rulings with mixed results. With one [lawsuit] after another getting filed by Apple and its competitors, there doesn’t appear to be any resolution to the fighting.”

The Verge says it’s to prevent the courts from giving patents close scrutiny.

“…several of the pending cases are quickly reaching the stage where each side’s patents may be judged on the merits. That’s dangerous territory — better to strike a deal and walk away then have a court rule any patents invalid and take away leverage for future lawsuits.”

Dow Jones couldn’t confirm that settlement talks are actually taking place. Its sources said the proposal is part of an “ongoing process” between the companies involved.

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