updated 01:55 pm EDT, Thu March 22, 2012
Claim being used to bolster California lawsuit
Apple allegedly contacted Samsung four different times in 2010 in order to persuade the latter that it had infringed patents, according to documents filed by Apple in a California federal court. An initial meeting happened in July; a second one took place "on or about" August 4th in Korea, during which Apple made a presentation called "Samsung's Use of Apple Patents in Smartphones." In writing about the occasion, Apple says that "This presentation emphasized Samsung's copying of the iPhone and identified two of the patents-in-suit (the '002 and '381 patents), giving Samsung actual notice of at least these patents, and many more."
Around August 26th, Apple sent Samsung digital chart and presentation files -- including patent excerpts, and photos of Samsung devices -- elaborating on its claims about the '002 and '381 patents. The same slides were shown at a third meeting, which took place in Cupertino, California around September 9th. Apple chose to begin a lawsuit in April 2011.
For Apple the recent filing is meant to provide evidence that Samsung was fully aware of the patents, and therefore "willfully infringing." Apple and Samsung are engaged in numerous suits and countersuits worldwide over a variety of patents.