Apple and Google appeared to kiss and make up earlier this month, when the Californians agreed to drop all existing patent litigation against Motorola. But if you thought that meant anything where Samsung is concerned, think again.
Team Cook isn’t happy with the paltry $119.6 million in damages it was awarded earlier this month, and is demanding a retrial with a view to claiming a whopping $3.2 billion – plus interest.
Confusingly, Apple was originally out to get $2.2 billion when the trial originally commenced, but rather than compromising on a lower figure, it’s clearly aiming even higher.
I’ll be the first to throw my hands up and admit that I know Sweet Fanny Adams about the law, but how on earth could two patents – “slide to unlock” and actionable links – result in over $3 billion worth of damages against Apple.
For what it's worth, Apple says Samsung's “internal development documents reflected its deliberate strategy of copying hundreds of software features from the iPhone, including Apple’s patented 'slide to unlock' technology, in order to make Samsung’s own products more competitive.”
Fair enough Samsung might’ve nicked a couple of ideas from Apple, but how many potential iConsumers were walking around thinking: ‘Man, I can’t wait to get one of those iPhones. I’m gonna slide to unlock till my fingers bleed. Wait a minute… THAT SAMSUNG PHONE DOES THE SAME THING!’
But heck, I am but a layman. For lots of legal-flavoured rambling, head over to FOSS Patents, where Florian Mueller will happily melt your brain.