Apple has disclosed in its ongoing case against Samsung that it approached its partner and rival and advised it to pay licensing fees to use its patents in its smartphones and tablets.
The details about just how much Apple wanted from Samsung for every device it made was entered into evidence by the iPhone maker on Friday in a trial between the two companies in California.
According to Apple, its late cofounder and then CEO Steve Jobs and then COO Timothy Cook approached Samsung executives in 2010 to talk about licensing Apple intellectual property.
The pitch was made by Apple after Samsung released the original Galaxy S smartphone.
In a document entered into evidence by Apple, the tech giant revealed that it wanted $30 per smartphone and $40 per tablet from Samsung.
Furthermore, Apple wanted licenses not only for Android-based smartphones but also for units based on the Symbian platform, the Windows Phone platform and Samsung’s own proprietary Bada platform if Bada smartphones did not avoid Apple IP.
However, because Samsung is a strategic partner, Apple pitched a discount for its rival.
Furthermore, an additional discount was offered by Apple if Samsung agreed to cross-license its intellectual property portfolio to Samsung.
In the document Apple submitted, it said:
Apple Smartphone Licensing Rates
- $30 USD per Licensed Smartphone
- Licensed Smartphones: touchscreen devices based on –
- Android units
- Symbian units
- Bada, unless Apple proprietary features avoided
- Windows, others – to be discussed
- $40 USD per Licensed Touchscreen Tablet
- Reducing to $30 over 2 years
Apple pitched a 20 percent discount to Samsung for Android smartphones because the South Korean tech giant is a strategic partner and then its largest supplier of components.
For Windows Phone-based smartphones with a QWERTY keypad, Apple told Samsung it would give an 80 percent discount.
QWERTY was mentioned because it appears Apple is claiming the touchscreen form factor is proprietary to them in the case of Samsung smartphones.
Because of the discounts and if Samsung agreed to license, Apple would have gotten a royalty of $6 per Samsung Windows Phone smartphone, $21 per Samsung Symbian smartphone and per infringing Samsung Bada smartphone, $24 per Samsung Android smartphone and $31 per Samsung Android tablet.
In the licensing agreement pitch Apple made to Samsung, it said that the “iPhone became the archtype for advanced mobile devices.”
Samsung-Apple licenses (Scribd)