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

By Andrew Tarantola on at

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.

According to a report from Dow Jones, Apple is willing to settle its lawsuits in exchange for license royalties on its patents. It is requesting between 1 and 2.5 percent of the net handset price—roughly $5 to $15 per unit—roughly what Microsoft is compensated by Android OES manufacturers.

Despite it likely causing Jobs to spin in his grave, Apple's move is a prudent one. Both Motorola and Samsung are primed for a prolonged legal siege. And, given that Apple has more money than both companies without much need for the added revenue, it makes more sense to settle than risk having the court review and invalidate a patent based on its merits, which would weaken the Cupertino company in future litigation. Though if that's true, and Apple is suing with shaky patents, maybe the courts should take a look regardless. [Dow Jones via The Verge]