Samsung Bites Back, Plans to Sue Apple Over 4G LTE in iPhone 5

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News Posted: Tue, Sep 11 2012 2:05 AM
Turnabout is fair play, as they say; after suffering a terrible blow in court in its patent war against Apple, Samsung is fighting back. According to a report from the Korea Times, industry sources indicate that Samsung is planning to sue Apple over 4G LTE patents in its upcoming iPhone 5.

Although this news is a bit surprising because A) the iPhone 5 isn’t technically official yet (stay tuned for the big announcement on September 12th) and B) we therefore don’t know for certain that the new iPhone will indeed have 4G LTE technology on board, let’s just assume that both assumptions are true.

Rock em sock em Apple Samsung

The Korea Times’ industry source said, “Apple claimed the existing 3G-related patents are standard essential patents (SEPs) according to our earlier commitment to the FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms. But the story is totally different when you talk about LTE patents. These are new and highly-valued.”

It’s not at all surprising that Samsung would counter-attack Apple; the latter is expecting over a billion bucks in reparations from the former after convincing a jury that Samsung wronged Apple, so this would be one potential way to recoup some of that loss.

In case you’re wondering if the patent wars were going to end anytime soon, here’s a spoiler: Nope.
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realneil replied on Tue, Sep 11 2012 9:00 PM

Let them have at each other, and let me know when the smoke clears.


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RiCoFrost replied on Tue, Sep 11 2012 11:55 PM

We all know nothing will happen to Apple and nothing will change. For some reason they seem to get away with everything....

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mhenriday replied on Wed, Sep 12 2012 6:52 AM

It seems likely that the outcome of a Samsung suit against Apple would depend upon the location of the court which tries the case. In Lucy Haeran Koh's court located some 16 km (10 English miles) from Apple's headquarters, I'd not give Samsung a snowball's chance in a tropical climate, in more neutral climes, like that of the UK or Japan, however, the outcome might well be otherwise....


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