There’s an interesting report circulating the internet today. This latest one say that Apple tried to avoid the infamous (and ongoing) patent infringement lawsuit with Samsung.
According to the report (via 9to5Mac), word comes from Apple patent portfolio manager Chip Lutton as part of the Australian dispute between Apple and Samsung.
Apparently Steve Jobs himself tried to get in touch with Samsung in 2010 in hopes of defusing the bomb before it blew up and went to court. Here’s a portion of the original report:
Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. (AAPL), initiated contact with rival Samsung Electronics Co. in July 2010 to try to resolve a patent dispute that has since become a legal battle on four continents, an Australian court was told.
Jobs wasn’t involved once the ultimately unsuccessful talks over the Galaxy smartphone began, Richard Lutton, a senior director at Apple and the company’s patent attorney, told Federal Court in Sydney today.
“Samsung is an important supplier with whom we have a deep relationship,” Lutton testified in response to questioning by Samsung lawyer David Catterns. “We wanted to give them a chance to do the right thing.
There is quite a history to the patent lawsuit. You can catch up on the more important details with the following links: