Back in late 2010 — when companies conducted themselves with a semblance of dignity — Apple reportedly offered Samsung an out. Rather than make the court room a home away from home, the Cupertino company proposed an opportunity for Samsung to license certain patents for a fee: $30 per touchscreen phone, and $40 per tablet.
Nobody said competition would be cheap.
Apple, being the benevolent do-gooders that they are, even devised a “discount structure” that would have taken some of the sting out of paying such titanic royalties.
Samsung obviously declined Apple’s offer, and alas, the legal battle continues. The reports and evidence coming out of the courtroom is stacking pretty heavily in the iPhone-maker’s favor, including a document that alleges Samsung tried to copy the iPhone’s UI, and an internal document revealing the Korean company had a “design crisis” after the iPhone launched.