Ever since Apple accused Samsung of copying its products, the rivalry between the companies has increased in intensity and has led to multiple bitter court battles over whether or not Samsung truly copied Apple’s devices. Apple supporters will, of course, claim that the similarities between devices such as the iPhone and the original Galaxy S are more than just coincidences. However, Samsung supporters have always disputed these claims. Today in court, however, Samsung’s law team admitted something that we hadn’t heard from the Korean company yet: they admitted that they stole from Apple.
In the case that originally ended in Samsung owing Apple $1 billion (but was subsequently reduced by $400 million), Samsung’s lawyers have decided to focus on the payment, rather than trying to fight the patent disputes themselves. In his opening statement, Samsung’s lawyer Bill Price said, “This is a case not where we’re disputing that the 13 phones contain some elements of Apple’s property.” This is the first time that we’ve heard Samsung admit that they used Apple’s ideas in its own devices. Samsung’s biggest issue with the case is that it feels as if Apple is asking for too much money. Apple is currently seeking a total of $379 million from the Galaxy S maker. However, Samsung claims that it owes Tim Cook and Co. just $52 million. While that is still a large settlement, it is not even close to the amount that Apple is seeking.
It is also worth pointing out that this is just part of the original lawsuit being argued. The end settlement of this case will be added to the $560 million that Samsung already owes to the Cupertino firm.
What do you think of Samsung’s strategy to admit guilt in stealing Apple’s property while fighting for a lower settlement? Are you glad to see that Samsung finally admitted that it stole Apple’s property? Sound off in the comments below, or tweet me at @TiP_Griffin.