back to article Samsung demands iPhone 4S source code in Aussie row

Samsung is demanding the source code of the iPhone 4S firmware, while Apple wants copies of Samsung's contract with Qualcomm and both companies are looking to France in their Australian case. France is important, as that's where the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is based and where Samsung agreed to …


This topic is closed for new posts.
  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fight fight fight fight fight...

    Right, gentlemen, handbags at dawn?

  2. Mondo the Magnificent

    Enough already!

    This whole fiasco reminds me of two well fed dogs fighting over a dry bone while there are bowls filled to the brim with Angus Aberdeen steak nearby..

    1. Fred Flintstone Gold badge

      Yup - doesn't look goo for either

      As an outsider I don't really care who started it (actually, I do - who?) - both are now covered in mud. The ONLY people that gain from this are lawyers - I'm now not interested in either. As I cannot plan a corporate strategy on a phone I may not be able to use, both of them are out of the picture..

      1. eulampios

        Who started it? Of course, the most obese and obnoxious of the two said dogs. The idiots from Samsung have as well become a comparable evil by siding with Microsoft recently.

  3. BristolBachelor Gold badge

    INAL but I recon that it depends on what the patents say, and what the Qualcomm chip does / what the software does. If the operation of the Qualcomm chip uses inventioned patented by Samsung, and Qualcomm has a license to use that technology I would _imagine_ that Apple is OK (similar to the way that you can use Nokia patented technology in a phone made by HTC even though you didn't pay Nokia anything, because HTC has already paid to use the invention).

    However, if Apple's software implements something that is in the patent, that the Qualcomm chip doesn't do all by itself, then maybe there is an issue and that Apple should be paying the FRAND license fee.

    All in all though, I've run out of popcorn and this is getting tiresome.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Just because a license is granted to a 3rd party, it does NOT mean it automatically covers people using that 3rd parties software / hardware.

      For example, if I license my super-amazing technology engine to Ford to make and use, I could stipulate that it is only for use in Ford cars. If they then sell this engine for use in Honda's, they are in breach of that License.

      Also, if you license it to Ford, you may have a non-transferable agreement in there to state that if they are bought out, the license is revoked. This is VERY common. I could name onelittle tech company currently using such a mandate against a huge tech company, but I'd probebrly get fired.

      1. Ian Michael Gumby

        @AC. Not Quite

        You sue Ford for breach. You also get a TRO against Ford for violating terms of license.

        You don't or cant sue other company since they entered into an agreement w Ford in good faith.

        Note the following... If you sue and lose, you open yourself up to a counter suit for damages when you idled the other company's production line.

        With respect to the actual lawsuit, methinks that Apple has the upper hand. Qualcomm is a chip manufacturer. They build chips for resale. You can't sell tech that you licensed without extending the license agreements on said tech to your customer.

        1. PatientOne


          I think this really depends on the specifics of the technology and the details of the license.

          As to selling something you're licensed to make to someone who isn't licensed to use it: Well, that's not your fault, is it? So long as you are clear about it and so long as the license you hold does not explicitly restrict such sales.

          It would also depend very much on if the item sold could be used without implementing the patented technology. For example, a speed boost function: If you're not licensed to use it, you simply don't implement it. And that is what is implied by this request for Firmware code: Did Apple implement functionality off the chip they weren't licensed to use?

          We're outsiders: We don't know the details. We can only guess for now.

        2. Voland's right hand Silver badge

          The doctrine of sale in good faith depends highly from country to country and has changed over time.

          There used to be countries where you were not at fault even if you have obtained stolen goods if it was in good faith (this particular legal anomaly in some Eastern European legal code has been fixed now). Similarly there are countries where you can always go after the end user as long as one chain in the contractual sequence is broken.

          So even if the Apple acted in good faith based on their Quallcom contract, what happens next depends on each and every country legal code.

  4. Johntron

    Just make a deal

    They should just get in a room and make a deal that covers all current and future lawsuits concerning currently released products, and any new products using tech from pre-existing ones.

    1. PatientOne

      While I agree, Johntron, Apple have refused to do just that. Justified or not, they don't seem all that keen to reach a settlement, and if rumour is correct, they have motive not to.

  5. GotThumbs

    Steve Jobs is channeling through his Lawyers....Again.

    I Really hope Samsung SOCKS it to Apple.

    Apple has become a Control Freak and Bully to others.

    I will NEVER own an Apple product.

    1. Neil Greatorex


      There's really no need mush, the strength of your argument should carry it, SHOUTING is for lesser minds.

      Heh, reminds me of a "shit-for-brains" director I worked for back in the day, used to title his (always very important) memos using the following:

      Title: Centre, embolden, uppercase, underline.

      Armstrong, where are you now?

      1. RichyS


        Unfortunately, the OP's argument has no strength.

        Therefore he /has/ to resort to shouting (at the walls in his basement, mostly, I suspect).

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Oh diddums

      Perhaps your luck will change and you will manage to get one. Just try and regain control of yourself in the meantime and keep saving your pocket money.

      1. Jedit Silver badge

        @AC 00:02

        Because obviously, if someone says they do not wish to own an Apple device it must be because they can't afford one. After all, how could anyone who has sufficient funds not want to show the world they have money by waving a shiny Apple toy around?

        I'm not surprised you posted anonymously. You're clearly overcompensating for some kind of personal lack.

      2. Craigness

        Re: Oh diddums

        I don't see how luck has anything to do with it. You can get a 2nd hand ipod shuffle for not much money*. I think that dropping principles rather than acquiring money is the issue here.

        *Frankly, I'm shocked at how much these things still cost. My Sony 2Gb player with colour screen, drag-and-drop file access and FM radio is cheaper 2nd hand than a 512Mb 1st gen shuffle with itunes hobbling its usefulness. It suggests there are too many people with more money than sense and a deeper desire to belong than to see justice; too many people refuse to think different.

    3. mafoo


      Samsung is arguing here that if you write software to use a piece of hardware that has licensed their technology - the buyer should also licence their tech again for their drivers.

      Thats samsung socking it to the whole of the industry (and probably itself at the same time)

    4. Steve Ives

      Remind me again how Samsung seeking an injunction against the iPhone is an example of Apple being a 'bully' and 'control freak'?

      Whilst a lot of these patents disputes seem petty, If *I'd* invented something worth millions, I'd be unhappy if others were using it without paying for it, and I'd also be unhappy if I'd come up with a some clever software technique for my product only to be told I couldn't sell it because company X said that software technique was theirs and I couldn't use it.

      1. Craigness

        Steve Ives

        You should read the history of these cases. It starts with Apple being the bully, saying that various things (shapes, not necessarily techniques or inventions) were theirs and Samsung couldn't use them. They don't like it when the victim stands up to them.

      2. Jedit Silver badge

        "How does Samsung suing make Apple the bully?"

        It doesn't, Steve. But then the poster never said that it did. He wants Samsung to win because Apple are bullies.

      3. BitDr

        @ Steve Ives...

        Steve Ives wrote...

        "Remind me again how Samsung seeking an injunction against the iPhone is an example of Apple being a 'bully' and 'control freak'?"

        Samsung is reacting to being bullied by Apple who is desperately trying to keep competing Samsung (and other) products, off the market by means of litigation. Apple claims that their "intelectual property" has been stolen by the competition. From that vantage point Apple is the bully (and control freak) who started the fight, Samsung is attempting to give said bully a bloody-nose to make them go-away.

        1. Mick Sheppard

          As far as I can see Apple hasn't sued RIM regarding their smart phones, they haven't sued MS regarding Windows Phone 7. They have applied for injunctions against Samsung because they believe that Samsung has copied their devices to such a degree as to cause confusion to the average person in the street. Why is this bullying?

          If there was no case to answer then Samsung should just fight that battle in court and everyone would see the folly of Apple's case. The judiciary would smack Apple and levy a large fine for the misleading litigation and their repuation would be sullied.

          Instead Samsung are trying every angle they can to throw FUD on the issue by trying to leverage FRAND patents. They really must be very unsure about their ability to defend the Apple charges.

          I know its impossible for some people to comprehend here due to prejudice that used to be reserved for '70s sitcoms but consider that Apple might just be in the right.

    5. Giles Jones Gold badge

      You'd sooner support those who merely imitate than those who have tried a bit harder?

      Samsung are guilty of being lazy. Them calling for iPhone 4S source code is stupid, they probably want to steal that as well.

      1. Craigness

        Giles Jones

        We should support the innovators, not the mimics. Here's just one of the things Apple mimicked this year:

        Samsung already have access to the source of a superior mobile OS. They have no use for iOS. Apple also have access to it. Reckon they'll mimic some more?

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Thumb Down

        So you have all the facts at your disposal then?

        Didn't think so.

      3. Peter 48

        Samsung imitators?

        You mean the samsung that develops and invents more tech and patents before breakfast than Apple has in its lifetime? Yes, very lazy of them. They should have patented rounded corners first I guess.

      4. PatientOne

        @Giles Jones

        "Samsung are guilty of being lazy. Them calling for iPhone 4S source code is stupid, they probably want to steal that as well."

        No, they're trying to show that Apple have utilised patented technology they're not licensed to use. It's in the article. Apple are calling for a copy of the license with the supplier to show they are covered already so don't need a separate license.

        And why would Samsung need to steal Apple's source code for? Do you believe Samsung are planning on building iOS phones? Be a bit obvious, that one, don't you think?

    6. M7S

      Bearing in mind the control that company has over the App Store, iTunes etc, you're probably in the same boat as people who've paid for one and think they do.

    7. Drew V.

      Not "become". Apple was a control freak right from the beginning. What has changed is that now it is a rich and powerful control freak able to throw its weight around in many directions.

  6. jabuzz

    What is fair and reasonable

    I am quite sure that in Samsung's eyes fair and reasonable means a full cross licensing of all mobile patents. So yes they have to license them under fair and reasonable terms, it is just Apple is not willing to accept the fair and reasonable terms that Samsung is offering because it just wants to pay money and do a one way license deal while keeping it's patents all to it's self. Which way the courts go I don't know but to my mind Samsung's position seems pretty reasonable to me and until Apple pressed the nuclear button what everyone in the mobile business was doing which makes it a pretty strong precedent for what fair and reasonable means in this context.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      .. if Apple started this is has all the tools in hand to stop it. Samsung has already shown it can give as well as it can take, but I guess Apple's management is still a bit too American to realise that..

    2. Giles Jones Gold badge

      I pretty much doubt there were any patent claims against Apple from Samsung until Samsung were sued.

      Patents are held by all companies and they're used as self-defence when being sued. To be sued and not counter sue makes you look weak and guilty.

      1. PatientOne

        "I pretty much doubt there were any patent claims against Apple from Samsung until Samsung were sued."

        From what I read, Samsung had approached Apple about the FRAND license before all this litigation came up. They had to wait until Apple launched their latest phone before going to court as until that point Apple hadn't actually infringed on the patents.

  7. WR

    One way to sort it out.

    There is way to much confusion about this situation so simply ban sales of BOTH manufacturers devices in the markets in question until the courts can untangle the patents.

    I suspect that would bring the parties to the table quick smart.

    It's the only way to be sure....

  8. Shagbag
    Thumb Up

    Go Samsung!

    I hope they stick it up Apple's jacksie. With no mercy.

  9. DigiGuy


    I nearly said rude and insulting words about Apple and Microsoft and their general bully tactics etc.

    Instead I will just say... Go Samsung, Go Google, Go Motorola, Go the Droids etc....... Just so sick of Apple and Microsoft.

  10. Anonymous Coward

    Bing Bing!

    Round 1, Now come on boys, I want a clean fight, no biting...No no no samsung... NO APPLE DON'T.... oh god why do I bother...

  11. Tim Bates

    Still just removing choice.

    I kind of hope Samsung gets an injunction against the iPhone 4S... Mostly because I think Apple needs a taste of their own medicine.

    But at the end of the day, it really just means we all lose the benefit of choices.

  12. Ron1

    Samsung - Apple contract due for renewal?

    I think this legal battle is a charade. They will officially finish it with an "agreement".

    Doesn't Apple have a contract to buy "all" of Samsung's Flash chip production for several years? And isn't Apple also using Samsung as a foundry to build their SoC's (A4, A5, etc?). Buying flash elsewhere is possible but not without issues and moving chip production to another foundry's process is costly to say the least.

    I think Apple is either trying to bully Samsung into negotiating a better deal for the future or they are both in this together - lots and lots of free publicity anyone?

    Besides, if something is "banned", people get the urge to try to get it at any price. I didn't even know Galaxy Tab 10.1 existed before I read it was banned in Germany. The news made me want to buy a couple before they are banned across EU...

    1. Lallabalalla

      Free publicity?

      I think PR is cheaper than lawyers.

      Aren't Apple just using Samsung as a cipher to kill Android?

  13. Smallbrainfield
    Thumb Up

    Mount & Blade!

    I spy the loading screen from Mount and Blade Warband in the article link.

  14. Slipgate

    But who is best...

    You see, the thing is, I like iOS and I like Android, but which one is best? There's only one way to find out, FIGHT!!!

    Honestly, it's all getting a bit boring - I know any company that has a good product/idea wants to protect it's IP, but it's just a bit silly now.

  15. Julian 3

    Its a Holy War!

    The Book Of Jobs says "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

    The Holy book says so so rise up fanbois and destroy all Android products especially ones from Samsung and HTC! This is a Holy war. Our glorious leader has commanded it : "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion [£25bn] in the bank, to right this wrong."

    Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is available at from our Church (the iTunes Store)

    No where did I leave my straight jacket lol!

  16. cloudgazer

    'Cupertino obviously believes patent rights should be transferable, but that will depend on the contract Samsung has with Qualcomm, which is why Apple wants to see it.'

    This isn't about patent rights being transferable, non-exclusive licenses generally aren't - this is about double dipping not being allowed because patents rights are exhaustable.

This topic is closed for new posts.

Other stories you might like