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Whoa Now, Apple is Willing to License Patents to Samsung and Motorola? What Happened to “Thermonuclear War?”

Wait a minute Apple, we thought the term “license” was banned for life from your campus like a Gizmodo editor. What’s this we are hearing about you offering potential licensing deals of patents to Samsung and Motorola? No more “thermonuclear war?” What happened to spending every last penny in the bank to destroy Android? Oh, things have changed according to sources familiar with the matter.

After battling with the entire Android world for a couple of years now, Apple may have realized that ridding the world of their biggest competitor’s partners is probably not going to happen. Reports have them offering licensing deals of $5 – $15 per device to Samsung and Motorola, two companies that they have both won and lost patent spats with in the last few months. These numbers come in at around 1% – 2.5% of net sales per device, which are numbers similar to what Moto was asking them for in their German win, yet Apple whined like children at how unfair of a number it was.

Company spokespersons from all of the companies involved refused to comment, so this is all unconfirmed for now. It certainly tells you one thing though, that Apple’s direction and focus is already changing with Tim Cook at the helm.

Via:  BGR, Nasdaq

  • Ali husain

    Excellent. My best friend’s sister-in-law brought in $19426 the prior week. All she did was get fortunate and follow the instructions exposed on this web site http://Run16.com. Go there and accept any offer.

  • Kevin Schotts

    Why doesn’t Motorla go after Apple, Moto does have the patent for the cellphone after all

  • SatyaChowdary

     they lost so trying to collect damages…

  • gf1fanatic

    Doesn’t Samsung produce a good number of iPhone components? Samsung is quite an amazing manufacturing company. Apple is an idea company. They manufacture nothing.

    • summit1986

      They’re in the business of manufacturing dreams… and bullshit.Their marketing team is their bread and butter.  They could hype up a cinderblock and everyone in America would buy one.

  • schwinn8

    Like many others have said, since Steve has left, the call for “war” is gone. This is a good thing, since his call to “war” was rather hypocritical… Apple copies design just as much as everyone else. Apple is just better at marketing and making it sound like it was their idea.

    In the end, I’m glad the useless “war” is over. It’s a waste of time, and hampers real innovation… which is what really benefits the world, economy, and consumers.

  • Jimvit1

    The Dictator moved on to another place be it good or bad

  • Droid800

    Kellex get real. The situations between Apple asking for royalties and Motorola doing it are two different things and you know it. Motorola is bound by their FRAND responsibilities to offer a fair license term. (which 2.5% of total device cost is certainly not) Apple is bound by no such restriction. 

    • thereasoner

      2.5% is the max amount you can get under FRAND. While that may be more than what the tech is worth, for Motorola to ask for the max amount is just hard bargining and they will probably end up with 1-1.5%. If they asked for 1-1.5% to start with then chances are they would end up with .5% so it just playing hardball on Motorolas part and considering the a-holes their playing with i can’t say i blame them.

  • socalrailroader

    Shall we play a game? :D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BUNNN7BITFW5XA5QCAQ2TOJ33U ditto

    Extortionist, bullies, monopolistic arrogants, anit-innovationists, etc. are never liked by anyone.  In these warp-speed ‘Net days, you have to listen and let the people/bloggers be in control.  Those old slow-moving monopolistic dinosaurs days are over.

    I’ll never buy an Apple or iPhone, cuz it’s a CLOSED system. Period.  Even if Android is destroyed, thre’re always other friendly, Open-Systems, likeTizen, Firefox (read recently they’re building an OS for mobile) and other Linuxes OS.

    • Kr00

      And how do you cope with closed minds? Time to get a new one, ay?

  • djspikezz

    First, let me say Steve Jobs, if it wasn’t for you, there really is not telling how far behind we would be today.  Second, Steve Jobs is dead and now the companies policies are bound to change and open.  The incredible innovation of Steve Jobs is dead. Can any of us name 1 or 2 people that work for Apple that are brilliant and innovative? I’m sure they exist in the company even if none of us know the names of these individuals.  I think we can agree that the ones currently running the company are actually more open minded which in turn is win for them and win for Android as well. 

    Win for Apple because they are going to get a crap load of money by doing this and a crap load of money from doing what they do.

    Win for Android because patents owned by Apple will be available to manufactures of Android operated phones.

    Purely smart business.

  • djspikezz

    First, let me say Steve Jobs, if it wasn’t for you, there really is not telling how far behind we would be today.  Second, Steve Jobs is dead and now the companies policies are bound to change and open.  The incredible innovation of Steve Jobs is dead. Can any of us name 1 or 2 people that work for Apple that are brilliant and innovative? I’m sure they exist in the company even if none of us know the names of these individuals.  I think we can agree that the ones currently running the company are actually more open minded which in turn is win for them and win for Android as well. 

    Win for Apple because they are going to get a crap load of money by doing this and a crap load of money from doing what they do.

    Win for Android because patents owned by Apple will be available to manufactures of Android operated phones.

    Purely smart business.

    • TC Infantino

      I think you are giving SJ more credit than he deserves, he certainly isn’t JC, and people need to stop thinking that he was singlehandedly the Father of Modern Technology.  He had some good ideas, and he had some really crappy ones.  He also had teams of smart people bringing their own ideas to present to him.  I don’t know if he took credit for the ideas that others brought to him, though from everything I have read about him, I would not doubt that in the least.  He was a smart guy who also had the temperment of a spoiled child, and his company put out some good products.  But if Apple hadn’t, then someone else would have, it is just that simple. 

      • Kr00

        “his company put out some good products.  But if Apple hadn’t, then someone else would have”. REALLY? Then why don’t we see some game changer devices from anyone other than Apple? You know they lead the show, you just can’t come to grips with it. Not even Sony, the great game changer, isn’t knocking socks off any more. Get real.

        • TC Infantino

          Yep, spoken like a true Apple Fanboi.  If Apple didn’t invent it, then it is worthless.  Yes, no really, I agree with you, no seriously I do.  Where did they say the punchbowl with the koolaid was again, I will join you for a glass.  No, you go ahead, I am right behind you. 

        • TC Infantino

          Oh and if you don’t want to believe me about technology innovations being made by different tech engineers at about the same time, someone posted a link to this in another thread and this quote seems to state it fairly well….
          This actually happens all the time in the technology world, as explained by John Carmack.
          “Patents are usually discussed in the context of someone “stealing” an idea from the long suffering lone inventor that devoted his life to creating this one brilliant idea, blah blah blah. But in the majority of cases in software, patents effect independent invention,” Carmack wrote on Slashdot, “Get a dozen sharp programmers together, give them all a hard problem to work on, and a bunch of them will come up with solutions that would probably be patentable, and be similar enough that the first programmer to file the patent could sue the others for patent infringement.”

    • gf1fanatic

       re: Can any of us name 1 or 2 people that work for Apple that are brilliant and innovative?

      Most of Jobs’ actual genius was really designer Jonathan Ive.

  • TeeJay1100

    Tim Cook doesn’t have the fight in him, that’s what happened!! He could care less what Jobs said or felt about this situation now that he is boss..