AllThingsD reports that Apple tried to settle the patent infringement lawsuit with Samsung by offering to license its patents portfolio to Samsung for $30 per smartphone and $40 per tablet.
Apple executives testified that even though they were shocked by the extent Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab copied their products, they were willing to strike a deal as they considered Samsung – a strategic supplier.
Samsung’s internal documents have also revealed that the company executives wanted Galaxy S to be more like Apple’s iPhone.
“Samsung chose to embrace and imitate Apple’s iPhone archetype,” Apple said in an Oct. 5, 2010 presentation to Samsung. “Apple would have preferred that Samsung request a license to do this in advance. Because Samsung is a strategic supplier to Apple, we are prepared to offer a royalty-bearing license for this category of device.”
Apple also offered Samsung a 20% discount if the company cross-licensed its patent portfolio back to Apple. Apple apparently also sought royalties on Samsung’s non-Android smartphones, including those running the Symbian and Bada operating systems.
Apple warned Samsung of copying the iPhone and infringing on their products two months before making the offer.
“Apple has identified dozens of examples where Android is using or encouraging others to use Apple patented technology,” Apple said in the August 2010 presentation, which contained the headline “Samsung copying iPhone.”
“Many more Apple patents are relevant to the Android platform,” Apple said, outlining dozens of patents it believed were being infringed. “Apple has not authorized the use of any of these patents.”
It is not clear if Samsung gave a counter offer, but the fact that the two companies are now trying to settle the dispute in court, indicates that Samsung rejected Apple’s offer.
Apple is suing Samsung for billions of dollars for copying their products and Samsung is countersuing Apple for infringing on patents it has for core wireless technologies.
You can check out Apple’s 67-page presentation embedded below that was presented to Samsung executives to highlight Samsung’s use of Apple patents in their smartphones (courtesy CNET):