Settling secrets: Apple, Samsung may have been chatting patents for months

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Apple and Samsung’s bitter patent disputes have been commonly covered for the previous couple of years, with the greatest blow in the case landing in Cupertino’s favor last summer.

In August 2012, Samsung was purchased to pay Apple $1.05 billion (around ₤ 688m, AU$ 1.14 b) million in damages, though that large cost was dropped to a mere $450.5 million (₤ 295m, AU$ 489m) previously in 2013.

While it appeared Apple and Samsung were content (or a minimum of resigned) to let the courts decide the fates of the various patents in question, there were evidently some secret arrangements taking place behind the scenes as well.

According to brand-new files launched by the UNITED STATE International Trade Commission (ITC), the Cupertino and South Oriental companies have been discussing prospective settlements as far back as Apple’s $1 billion court success.

Close, but no settlement

In addition to the ITC documents, sources exposed to the Exchange Diary the continuous secret settlement conversations have been both hot and cold, though no arrangement has been reached as of yet.

Based on the information readily available in the heavily censored ITC documents, Samsung at one point provided a broad patent cross-licensing deal to Apple, which would’ve ended all litigation between the 2 companies.

Obviously Apple did not take the deal, however it’s not really clear from the ITC’s report just how seriously Apple took the offer to start with.

Both business spent a large amount of time speaking terms in between December 2012 and March 2013, with some face-to-face conferences occurring in January, though by February it appears the talks had actually broken down.

The ITC paper points out a March 22 proposal from Samsung to re-open talks, including that some of its offers were still on the table, nevertheless Apple did not react by the time the ITC ruled.

Despite the massive quantity of redactions in the report, it’s clear the ITC did not believe Samsung’s offers were unreasonable, though it would seem Apple disagreed with that evaluation.

Love-hate relationship

The curious thing is both Apple and Samsung remain to work together in the manufacturing procedure, as the South Korean business still provides chips for iOS gadgets.

Apple has apparently taken part in an arrangement with the Taiwan Semiconductor Production Company (TSMC) to craft brand-new processors for 2014, which would all however cut Samsung from the photo.

However, there are also reports Apple and Samsung have a deal for Sammy to create chips once again in 2015, so it’s still unclear just how strong the collaboration between these two smartphone giants really is at this point.

For exactly what it’s worth, a memorandum of understanding was supposedly composed by the 2 companies in February, which the ITC viewed as guaranteeing for a possible future deal.

‘The truth that representatives for both celebrations were able to reach a memorandum of understanding suggests Samsung is working out in excellent faith and, to be colloquial, is playing in the exact same ballpark as Apple,’ the report checked out.

With all the redactions in the report, it’s impossible to tell simply why the possible settlement failed, but if Apple and Samsung are still talking behind shut doors, there’s constantly a possibility the recurring legal battles could finally pertain to an end.

Given how this past year has actually played out nevertheless, we’ll not be holding our breath awaiting Apple and Samsung to start getting along.