Samsung planning to sue Apple over iPhone 5 LTE?

Samsung planning to sue Apple over iPhone 5 LTE?It’s probably fair to say that Samsung is still smarting over Apple’s $1 billion courtroom victory last week.

But far from bathing in a bath of tears, the South Korean manufacturer is feverishly planning a counterattack, and it revolves around the iPhone 5’s potential adoption of LTE.

That’s the good word according to Korea’s The Korea Times. TKT reports that Samsung has “confirmed that it will immediately sue Apple if the latter releases products using advanced long-term evolution (LTE) mobile technology.”

Of course, the iPad 3 has LTE compatibility, though it’s thought that Samsung would make the most impact by unleashing its LTE patent portfolio once the iPhone 5 launches. Interesting.

Finnish manufacturer Nokia is the LTE patent leader, but Samsung’s estimated 10% share would be enough to cause Apple some concern.

LTE is just one rumoured feature of the iPhone 5. It’s also tipped to rock a 4in display, quad-core processor, and a modified dock connector.

The iPhone 5 launch is expected to take place on September 12 – less than two weeks from now, though Apple is yet to start firing out invites.

via: BGR

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jaybear88  Aug. 31, 2012 at 12:09

"It’s also tipped to rock a 4in display, quad-core processor, and a modified dock connector." Sad times when one of highlights of the biggest phone launch of the year is a modified dock connector....

lcurdie / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 12:35

Haha! That's exactly what I thought as I was writing. One of my mates went absolutely mental when I mentioned it last night, as he just forked out for a docking station for his ageing iPod touch, and he quite fancied the iPhone 5.

B1zarr0Prim3  Aug. 31, 2012 at 12:36

"It’s also tipped to rock a 4in display, quad-core processor, and a modified dock connector." Sad times when one of highlights of the biggest phone launch of the year is a modified dock connector....

but but but... i've just bought an iPod dock in preparation for getting an iPhone 5!!

Not really, though I imagine there are some people that would do this.

lcurdie / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 12:38

Woah, that was uncanny timing :)

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 12:39

No doubt for the small price of around £4,000,000 Apple will happily supply people with old to new or new to old connector adapters so that new products can be used with old accessories and vice versa.

flusteredpie  Aug. 31, 2012 at 12:41

Ugh these patent wars are pathetic. They're as bad as each other. As much as it would hurt, I'm tempted to boycott them both and just go back to my old Nokia 3510.

Pondlife  Aug. 31, 2012 at 13:34

Yeah that'll show em. :|

satchef1  Aug. 31, 2012 at 16:25

I don't quite 'get' this story. How do Samsung know that an Apple LTE device will violate their patents? Presumably they must be essential to the technology? If that's the case, then surely FRAND applies? Samsung shouldn't be in a position where they can say 'if you launch an LTE device, we will sue you.'. LTE is the future of cellular communication, a standard.

Pondlife  Aug. 31, 2012 at 16:33

Maybe as with some of the frand stuff that the jury said they could use for nothing last week apple are hoping to get another freebie.

satchef1  Sep. 1, 2012 at 20:08

IIRC, the jury didn't say Apple could use it for nothing:

During the trial, Apple showed that Samsung had entered into a licensing agreement with Intel, which built the chips Apple used. Under that deal, Samsung was not able to sue companies that acquired the Intel chips in question.

The jury agreed with this stance. Apple was protected from litigation over these patents by Intel's licensing deal with Samsung. Apple have effectively paid Samsung for use of their IP when they buy these chips from Intel. Should Samsung be allowed to collect twice?

Much like their search for prior art, Samsung seem to be frantically searching for anything that can be used as ammunition in the hope that somewhere someone fails to ask the right questions. These LTE patents are likely a similar case - another annoyance to the court system and a waste of everyone's time and money (unless you're one of Apple or Samsung's lawyers, of course).

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