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Apple, Samsung have 'communicated lately' about settlements

updated 12:40 am EDT, Thu March 29, 2012

Report author suggests Cook less angry than Jobs

High-level executives from Apple and Samsung have "communicated lately about potential settlement options," according to Bloomberg Businessweek, citing sources familiar with the situation. The magazine has a new cover story called "Apple's War on Android," detailing the lawsuits the company has been pursuing against corporations like Samsung and Motorola. Bloomberg's report of a possible settlement echoes recent rumors though, and could indicate that neither Apple nor Samsung are genuinely willing go to trial.

"Apple CEO Tim Cook does not seem to share his predecessor's passion about laying all foes to waste," claims the article's author, Paul Barrett. "Cook appears to view litigation as a necessary evil, not a vehicle of cosmic revenge."

Cook's predecessor, Steve Jobs, infamously declared that he was willing to go to "thermonuclear war" over Android, calling the operation system "stolen." Android and iOS can sometimes share a number of interface similarities, such as their homescreens or the slide-to-unlock command. In 2010, before Jobs' death or any lawsuits, Apple is said to have contacted Samsung four times to try to persuade the company that it was violating Apple patents.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    To the staff

    "Android and iOS can sometimes share a number of interface similarities, such as their homescreens or the slide-to-unlock command. "

    Yea, right.. Have you guys ever looked at smart phones just before the iPhone and after..... even now...

    While companies are beginning to move into slightly different techniques to do things, there was such blatant copying that it was shameful. At least Microsoft tried to come out with a different (tiled) approach.

    Yea, shame on Apple for trying to protect their hardware and software and Hurra for Motorola for trying to change the contracts and agreements it made versus FRAND patents..... cause after all,,, there is money involved and anything is ok if there is money involved.

    Just a thought here.

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