Apple Did Offer to License iOS Patents to Samsung Back in 2010

As the events of the Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement lawsuit continues to unfold in California, AllThingsD has been at the forefront, getting the goods and letting the rest of us know what is going on behind those closed doors. On Friday, AllThingsD learned a bit more about Apple’s statement that it tried to offer licensing to Samsung back in 2010 as an act of good will considering the latter is a top supplier for the former.

According to court documents that were released on Friday, Apple made a presentation to Samsung in October of 2010, in which the company said, “Samsung chose to embrace and imitate Apple’s iPhone archetype.” Apple offered to license its patents for $30 per smartphone and $40 per tablet. “Because Samsung is a strategic supplier to Apple, we are prepared to offer a royalty-bearing license for this category of device,” the document showed.

Apple even offered a 20 percent discount to the Korean mobile device maker to cross-license its portfolio back to them.

Apple contacted Samsung as early as August 2010 in regards to what it believed was patent infringement. “Apple has identified dozens of examples where Android is using or encouraging others to use Apple patented technology,” the company said during a presentation in August of 2010. Apple’s patent licensing director Boris Teksler referenced the presentation during his testimony on Friday.

Teskler also testified that there were three categories of patents that Apple did not wish to license to anyone. The three included those required for standards, core computing, and Apple’s unique user interface.

“It’s what we don’t wish to share and don’t want others to mimic,” he said. Teskler also added that a company trying to build a product that is not a knock-off wouldn’t need to license those patents.

Apple plans to wrap up its case on Monday with a few final witnesses. Samsung is also set to begin its defense. What kinds of interesting things will the Korean gadget maker bring up over the next week?

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