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Apple said willing to take royalties to end Android lawsuits

updated 02:55 pm EST, Tue March 6, 2012

Apple may not pursue all lawsuits to end point

Apple is willing to end its legal action against Motorola and Samsung if they agree to take royalties, a discovery on Tuesday uncovered. Multiple sources for the Dow Jones understood that, in one case, it was asking between $5 to $15 per phone, or up to 2.5 percent of its net sales. Unlike Microsoft, however, it wasn't interested in using the patents as key source of income, just ending each case with an agreement that others were using its technology.

It wasn't clear to the contacts if Apple was actively negotiating settlements, but it was part of an "ongoing process." They suggested that Apple might be more likely to try for a settlement, partly as there was now no way to completely exclude Android from the market. Royalties would raise the cost of using Android and might discourage its use without the all-or-nothing strategy used before.

The royalty rate asked hasn't been confirmed, but wouldn't necessarily be excessive. While Motorola has been criticized for demanding a compensation for poor sales of its own platform, Apple began its lawsuits under the late Steve Jobs in what's believed to be a sincere ideological battle. The co-founder saw Android as copying heavily and wanted its code changed or banned outright, even if it saw Apple burn through cash. Jobs is known to have lashed out at Eric Schmidt in what many have taken to be a sense of being personally betrayed by the then-CEO of Google.

While current Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed a view that he welcomed competition as long as it was using its own technology, he has never expressed the public anger towards Android shown by his predecessor. Although it remains speculative, many have interpreted this as a sign he would be more willing to settle and put lawsuits behind the company.

Motorla and Samsung haven't commented on the possible leaks.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Apr 2011


    Does not sound like Apple at all

    Steve (and most fans here) would not approve

  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Oct 1999


    Apple don't have to...

    ...continue their legal action against Motorola and Samsung because Oracle and Larry Ellison have the smoking gun e-mail against Google that proves categorically that Andoid is based (and utilises) Java code. Larry will happily burn Google to the ground over this, so Apple doesn't have to.

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007


    As the tech Apple wants

    seemingly high royalties for is not critical to any industry standards agreements, it's probably just punitive enough to convince those organizations to adopt other technology down the road instead. Maybe?

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    Is this what

    Apple considers "Going Thermonuclear"??


    Sad, sad, so sad. Just a money grubbing bunch of iWeasels.

  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005


    This is what

    wrenchy is sad, sad, so sad. Just an android weasel.

  1. DaJoNel

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2010


    For once, I agree with Arne.

    This really doesn't seem like something Apple would do. Unlike wrenchy's hypothesis, Apple is not in for the money in these lawsuits. They want justice. Or, as Arne said, at least that's what Steve wanted.

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    re: For once, I agree with Arne.

    But, but, but... I thought Arne was my "Sock-Puppet"?? If you agree with Arne, then surely you must mean you agree with ME.

    Justice? Only in your own self-righteous little mind. Apple want's MONEY, MONEY and more MONEY. They don't care about anything else.

  1. thnikkaman

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2011


    Die Wrenchy.

    Die Arne. You are both idiotic android shill scum.

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