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Report: Apple Opts for Detente in Patent War Against Motorola and Samsung [Rumors]

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Steve Jobs was once quoted as saying he’d go to “thermonuclear war” against patent-infringing Android makers. Now that Jobs is gone, however, Apple appears to be ready to negotiate with Motorola and Samsung. More »


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Report: Apple Opts for Detente in Patent War Against Motorola and Samsung [Rumors]

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Steve Jobs was once quoted as saying he’d go to “thermonuclear war” against patent-infringing Android makers. Now that Jobs is gone, however, Apple appears to be ready to negotiate with Motorola and Samsung. More »


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Apple seeks up to $15 per Samsung, Motorola Android phone sold in proposed settlement

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Apple is currently locked in dozens of lawsuits around the world with various Android vendors, but the Cupertino-based company is apparently willing to negotiate terms that would end a number of its outstanding spats. According to sources speaking with Dow Jones Newswires, Apple has proposed settlements to at least two Android smartphone vendors. Under the terms of Apple’s proposed deals, which were reportedly offered to both Samsung and Motorola, the company would collect royalties of between $5 and $15 for each Android handset sold. If this report is accurate, the move represents a sharp departure from Apple’s strategy under former CEO Steve Jobs who vowed to spend every last dollar Apple had in an effort to destroy Android. ”I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said, according to Walter Isaacson’s recent biography of the Apple co-founder. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

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Steve Jobs used patents to pressure Bill Gates into 1997 investment in Apple

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was no stranger to legal battles involving the patent system. Apple is currently waging war on a number of Android vendors and the company’s former CEO vowed to crush Google’s mobile platform before his untimely passing last year. ”I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said, according to Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple boss. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” But more than a decade before the iPhone even existed, Apple was locked in patent battles with Microsoft that would end up saving the company from the brink of bankruptcy. Read on for more.

Microsoft’s 1997 investment in Apple is now a major bullet point in Apple’s history that is known the world over. As Apple struggled to stay alive, Jobs and his team managed to secure a $150 million investment that ended up helping to keep the company afloat long enough to begin a climb that would eventually see it become the most valuable company in the world.

An important piece of the story that often isn’t discussed, however, is that Jobs used the legal battles in which Apple and Microsoft were engaged at the time to convince Gates to work out a new software deal and, ultimately, to make a $150 million investment in Apple. From Walter Isaacson’s Jobs biography, as quoted by Forbes:

I called up Bill and said, “I’m going to turn this thing around.” Bill always had a soft spot for Apple. We got him into the application software business. The first Microsoft apps were Excel and Word for the Mac. So I called him and said, “I need help.” Microsoft was walking over Apple’s patents. I said, “If we kept up our lawsuits, a few years from now we could win a billion-dollar patent suit. You know it, and I know it. But Apple’s not going to survive that long if we’re at war. I know that. So let’s figure out how to settle this right away. All I need is a commitment that Microsoft will keep developing for the Mac and an investment by Microsoft in Apple so it has a stake in our success.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

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