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Apple Offered Samsung a License

The proposal came to light when the court unsealed some documents this week

Before the trial that led to Samsung being told to paid Apple over a billion dollars in damages for infringing its patents, Apple propose they cut a cross-patent license but they couldn't agree on terms.

The proposal came to light when the court unsealed some documents this week.

It's in a three-page letter dated April 30 from Apple's IP licensing director Boris Teskler to his counterpart at Samsung Seongwoo Kim.

Apple offered to license Samsung's 3G/UMTS patents on FRAND terms of 33 cents a device instead of the sky-high 2.4% of the selling price the Korean company was demanding.

In return Apple would license Samsung its standards-essential UMTS patents for the same 33 cents a device.

Teskler challenged Samsung to prove that it ever got 2.4% for its standard-essential patents.

Apple offered to license its patent portfolio in 2010 if Samsung paid $30 per smartphone and $40 per tablet, which Apple figured meant Samsung would have owed it $250 million in 2010.

The letters is on Scribd. See http://www.scribd.com/doc/108832665/12-04-30-Apple-Samsung-Teksler-Kim-Letter-Re-FRAND.

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