Apple Inc. and Samsung may never be able to settle their differences, as lawyers for both tech giants fire insults at each other. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was supposedly back in settlement negotiations with Samsung. However, those talks may be in jeopardy, according to The Verge, which obtained copies of letters written by lawyers from both companies to each other.
Samsung attorney calls Apple a “jihadist”
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) attorney John Quinn reportedly called Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) a “jihadist” and referred to the long, drawn-out patent battles as “Apple’s Vietnam.” That happened in a few interviews, according to Apple lawyers, who said they were unsure about spending more time discussing a settlement with Samsung because of those comments.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s lawyer’s also claimed Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) used the first settlement negotiations to license Apple’s patents to copy the company’s products, saying that this was “counterfactual.”
Meanwhile Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) said Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was using its victories in court in an attempt to dictate terms for the settlement for the two companies. The Korean electronics giant claimed that Apple was trying to reduce patent royalty payments. That’s been a hot topic between the two companies for some time. Samsung claimed that what its lawyer said about the subject had “little, if anything” to do with whether it would settle with Apple.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) really have very little motivation to settle their differences. With the revelation of these recent letters, a settlement is becoming to sound increasingly like a fairy tale.
Apple settles with Motorola Mobility
It’s been only days since Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) settled with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Motorola Mobility in a separate series of patent cases. However, as The Verge notes, Apple and Samsung have been more viciously attacking each other, making the cases personal, largely because Apple co-founder Steve Jobs claimed that Android smartphones were “stolen” from Apple.