WSJ Reports Samsung Offering Apple Secret Deal in Australian Patent Case
The Wall Street Journal
reported today Samsung is attempting to reach a secret deal with Apple that would allow the company to sell their Galaxy 10.1 tablet in Australia.
Samsung's Attorney David Catterns told Down Jones Newswires, after a Federal court hearing in Sydney today, that if Apple accepts the deal the Galaxy Tab could be on store shelves in Australia by next week. The deal will most likely see some concessions on Samsung’s part. Hopefully—for their sake—it isn’t anything like the deal Samsung, HTC, and other Android manufacturers struck with Microsoft garnering the Redmond Giant an estimated $444 million a year in revenue. Reportedly that equates to between $3 and $6 per android device sold.
If the deal includes some sort of fee paid to Apple—which again cuts into Samsung’s bottom line—it could set a nasty precedent for their other legal battles across the globe. With Amazon releasing a sub $200 tablet, and Apple dominating the market, Samsung can’t afford to keep their devices priced so high, and forking over more money per unit sold to another company means they can’t afford to lower prices much either. Most of all though, they can't afford to not sell their devices at all and a successful Apple injunction would do just that.
Samsung and Apple have pulled their best Carmen Sandiego legal impersonation over the last year, and while the details of the deal are “secret” any resolution would be welcome by both sides, especially Samsung. Maybe I should have gone into patent law.
Source: The Wall Street Journal