Apple is locked in multiple patent battles with Motorola Mobility and Samsung, as well as with a number of other firms, but the company has reportedly offered patent licensing deals to at least those two companies. Apple is reportedly not interested in a royalty business or striking similar deals with all of its rivals, however, Dow Jones Newswires said.
Apple might be considering legal agreements in an effort to end countersuits filed against it by both firms. Should Motorola Mobility or Samsung win an injunction against Apple’s insanely popular iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, the company could be in far more dire consequences than it would be if it had never tried to sue the firms in the first place.
Of course, such agreements would be absolutely in contrast to statements made by the late Steve Jobs. As Dow Jones Newswires reminds us, Steve Jobs said he would “spend every penny” in an effort to fight competitors that he believed were copying Apple’s technology.
Apple has so far temporarily banned Samsung’s local subsidiaries in Australia and Germany from selling versions of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung’s German subsidiaries responded by launching a tweaked Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet and Australian courts soon lifted the temporary ban on Samsung’s tablet. Other cases brought by and against Apple are ongoing in a number of other companies around the globe.
[via Dow Jones Newswires]