updated 09:20 pm EDT, Mon October 3, 2011
Apple rejects idea of cutting deal on Galaxy Tab
Apple late Monday rejected Samsung's attempt to compromise on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. The terms, which would have primarily focused on changing software, were dismissed out of hand as not addressing the core issues. The American company saw the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as inherent violation and wanted it out of the market altogether.
"It is [a deal] we don't accept and there is no surprise," Apple's representing lawyer Stephen Burley said. "The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch [of the Galaxy Tab] and maintain the status quo."
Samsung's lawyer, David Catterns, acknowledged that a compromise was "not going to be achievable" given what both sides wanted.
Apple's rejection was expected. The Australian preliminary ban is widely considered part of Apple's legal pressure and, by denying sales, might help push Samsung towards a settlement.
Samsung itself has been trying to squeeze Apple without necessarily wanting to compromise. In the Netherlands, it wants 2.4 percent royalties per chip on Apple's 3G devices despite it possibly already having a paid up use through Intel as well as remaining idle on enforcing the patent for years.