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  • Apple Licensed Scrolling Patent to Nokia and IBM, Not Samsung



    Apple’s legal strategy in the ongoing global mobile patent war has resembled a no-holds-barred assault on other companies with no room for licensing agreements. Or has it?

    Patent number #7,469,381 covers a “scrollback” function in iOS that displays the background texture when users scroll beyond the edge of a document or webpage. Apple even used the patent in its argument against Samsung in an attempt to get an injunction against their Galaxy devices. However, Apple has licensing agreements with Nokia and IBM for the very same patent. Apple offered Samsung a licensing agreement in November of 2010, but negotiations broke down and the two sides never reached a settlement.

    Confirmation of the patent 381’s licensing to Nokia and IBM was shown to The Verge via the redacted statements above. Patent 38 is likely part of the cross licensing agreement between Apple and Nokia after the two companies settled a two-year legal battle this summer. During the coverage of this agreement Apple stated “the majority of innovation that makes the iPhone unique.” The fact Apple sued Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and Samung over patent 381 proves the company believes they have a strong patent according to The Verge. But, Apple licensing out a “strong patent” that the courts indicated they could successfully leverage against Samsung in an infringement case doesn’t seem very Apple like.

    Why negotiations fell apart between Apple and Samsung remains unclear. Apple likely requested licensing fees Samsung had no interest in paying. The injunctions awarded in favor of Apple against Samsung, the reversals, and Samsung’s similar successes against Apple recently indicate an agreement between the two companies isn’t coming anytime soon.

    Source: The Verge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Licensed Scrolling Patent to Nokia and IBM, Not Samsung started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
      The fact Apple sued Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and Samung over patent 381 proves the company believes they have a strong patent according to The Verge.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Down with Samsung!
    1. Cellular's Avatar
      Cellular -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Down with Samsung!
      Let's start the samsung v.s. apple war!

      Samsung for the win! :P
    1. Muff!nMan's Avatar
      Muff!nMan -
      There are 3 things left to do:1) Admire that incredible back-scrolling feature that is worth a bajillion dollars2) Thank God, for not being a lawyer3) Sing Imagine, by John Lennon
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      HAHA
      HAHA
      HAHA
      (Simpons-Nelson)
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      They sued Samsung twice
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      am goin to license Apple to use word Apple since i love Apple's and it hurts my feeling that i cant eat their idevices!

      but i also love apple bottom's the most !
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      am goin to license Apple to use word Apple since i love Apple's and it hurts my feeling that i cant eat their idevices!


      but i also love apple bottom's the most !
      Watch Apple will Patient the word Apple so ever time it's used online they get $1.00
    1. Mr.amin's Avatar
      Mr.amin -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      Watch Apple will Patient the word Apple so ever time it's used online they get $1.00
      I want to patent the word patent.so each time apple want to patent riduculous things,I will sue their ***..lol
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Samsung will just do what Apple does, first claim that Apple ask for too much for the patent then use it anyways without authorization.

      Seem to work for Apple when they steals other people's cough cough Nokia GSM patent as an example cough cough