Apple asked Samsung to pay $30-$40 per device, sign “anti-cloning” agreement to settle patent dispute
Samsung and Apple have been embroiled in legal disputes for quite some time now, and while there have been attempts to settle the matter peacefully, Korea Times is reporting that negotiations have skidded to a halt lately because of Apple’s draconian demands from the Korean manufacturer.
According to “sources familiar with the matter,” Samsung was looking to enter a cross-licensing deal with Apple, but the latter demanded $30 per phone and $40 per tablet as part of that deal, which is quite a high number any way you look at it (HTC pays less $5 per device in comparison) – for the Galaxy S4 alone, which has sold more than 20 million, Samsung would have to shell out $600 million to the Cupertino giant.
Apple loves charging 30-40 percent extra (read: overcharge) for all their products, and it seems they wanted to apply the same strategy to the deal with Samsung. Furthermore, according to Florian Mueller of Foss Patents, Apple also wanted Samsung to sign an “anti-cloning” agreement which would prevent them from copying any of Apple’s products in the future.
So, with such high and mighty demands from Apple, it isn’t surprising that Samsung has refrained from furthering any such talks. Rumors say Apple has signed on to obtain iPhone chips in 2015 from the Korean manufacturer despite breaking up in the past, and we’ll hope they can find a suitable solution to stop all this legal madness as well.