Despite Apple’s many recent successes, a lot of people have been talking about their pending court cases with Motorola and Samsung, among others. And it appears that these cases–especially those concerning potential copyright infringement–were not really Apple’s first choice for resolving the matter. In fact, according to tech blog the Verge, Apple tried several times back in 2010 to settle things.
Citing a recently discovered Apple court filing, the Verge says that the initial meeting with Samsung was held in July 2010. At the meeting, it is assumed that Apple brought up their concerns about Samsung and their phone’s similarities with the iPhone–and that they attempted to broker some sort of an agreement with Samsung, likely either a monetary compensation or an agreement to stop infringing on the Apple’s alleged copyright.
The initial meeting didn’t work out, though, so Apple met with Samsung at least three more times after that. At each meeting, the two company’s lawyers attempted to resolve the matter without the use of the courts–and as we’ve seen, none of those attempts worked as Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in the courts for several months now.
The court filing states that Apple and Samsung met in August 2010, where Apple’s reps showed Samsung officials where they thought Samsung was using Apple’s patent in their Samsung Galaxy phones.
The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs also attempted to work things out with Samsung back in 2010, but he, too, was unsuccessful in getting the two companies to “play nice.”
As a result of the failed attempts to resolve the copyright concerns with Samsung out of court, Apple sued Samsung in April 2011, staying that the some of Samsung’s phones and tablets were too similarto the Apple iPhone and iPad. Samsung filed their own suits and ever since, the two companies have been at war with lawsuits in several countries.
With all of the lawsuits and appeals, we can’t help but think that perhaps it would have been cheaper for Apple and Samsung to just have settled out of court during one of those four meetings.