Samsung Was Approached Four Times By Apple Over Patent Infringement

The legal battle between Apple and Samsung has been going on for quite some time, with both companies levelling a number of patent infringement allegations against each other. We were told earlier that Apple tried to tell Samsung of the infringed patents before it went to actual litigation. And now, during the case’s proceedings, Apple has detailed that it approached Samsung four times before it actually filed a case against the company.

The details have been revealed by Apple in an attempt to show that Samsung was fully aware of the infringed patents and that Apple made sure the Korean company knew about it before Apple went for patent litigation.

According to the filing by Apple, ‘On or about August 4, 2010, Apple representatives met with Samsung in Korea and showed a presentation titled ‘Samsung’s Use of Apple Patents in Smartphones.’ 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.’

Another portion of the filing stated, ‘On or about August 26, 2010, Apple sent Samsung an electronic archive file containingclaim charts further illustrating Samsung’s infringement of Apple patents. A presentationdocument that accompanied these claim charts identified the ‘002 and ‘381 patents as two patents that Samsung products infringed, and it substantiated these allegations with text from the patents and photographs of Samsung devices illustrating infringing functionality. Apple later presented these slides to Samsung at a meeting in Cupertino, California on or about September 9, 2010.’

Although Steve Jobs did give a number of aggressive statements about Samsung, these filings suggest that Apple was actively pursuing an alternate path so that it may not have to choose litigation.

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