You may have heard about a week ago when Apple broke down how much it thinks Samsung owes it for all the patent infringements. Apple is asking for $2 billion from just the Galaxy S profits alone, that includes the Galaxy S II variants, but does not include the international versions of the phone sold outside the United States. But it’s not just Apple asking for money from Samsung for damages. The reverse is true too.
Now, it sounds like Samsung has officially requested up to $421.8 million from Apple for damages and patent infringements too. That’s less than a quarter of what Apple is asking for in return, so if both parties get exactly what they want, Samsung would still be over $1.5 billion in the hole, not including all the legal costs involved in this ongoing court case. The Samsung patents have to do with UMTS and the $400+ million figure comes from what is deemed to be “reasonable royalty rates” if the companies actually negotiated the licenses ahead of time.
Of course, the irony of it all is that Apple continues to be one of Samsung’s bigger customers, ordering all sorts of parts from Samsung to shove into its Apple products. They’re shaking hands with one hand while slapping each other with the other hand. Yeah, that makes sense.
Via The Verge