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Apple Approached Samsung Four Times Before Patent Wars Began

by Brandon Russell | March 22, 2012March 22, 2012 5:00 pm PST

Godzilla - Apple vs SamsungThis whole Apple vs. Samsung patent spat could have, to an extent, been avoided, or at least kept out of the public eye. But a new report suggests the South Korean company wasn’t willing to play ball with Apple. Turns out, in an attempt to head off patent litigation against the Galaxy S II-maker, Apple approached Samsung on four separate occasions in 2010, and the Cupertino company has the records to prove it.

According to TheVerge, to prove that Samsung was aware it was “willfully infringing” on the iPhone maker’s patents, Apple outlined each instance in which it spoke with Samsung, “including separate meetings between the two companies in Korea and Cupertino where Apple further presented its infringement allegations with comparison photographs and patent claim charts.”

Apple’s filing in a California federal court includes dates and a summary of each meeting, including one in early August. “Apple representatives met with Samsung in Korea and showed a presentation titled ‘Samsung’s Use of Apple Patents in Smartphones,'” the filing says. “This presentation emphasized Samsung’s copying of the iPhone and identified two of the patents-in-suit (the ‘002 and ‘381 patents), giving Samsung actual notice of at least these patents, and many more.”

Of course, the battle between the two companies — over such things like 3G, design and slide-to-unlock — have been well documented over the last six months, so either Samsung didn’t care about Apple’s warning or it didn’t consider itself to be infringing on Apple’s patents. Either way, you can bet the two companies will be going at it for a long time to come.

[via The Verge]

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