I think this needs as much attention as possible just because we all need a chuckle these days.
This morning more than 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California. Initially, the security company that protects the facility said the trucks were in the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO explaining that they will pay $1 billion dollars for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this way.
via Samsung pays Apple $1 Billion sending 30 trucks full of 5 cent coins | News Hound.
Some may call this sour grapes but I really don’t blame Samsung. Other’s may call Samsung a poor loser but I think accepting a loss graciously is only appropriate for sports.
UPDATE!: This appears to have originally been satire that was taken seriously by the press (and me). It’s still funny so I’m leaving it here.
The French telephone conglomerate bought Lucent Technologies back in 2006 acquiring a vast portfolio of patents, many originally obtained by the old Bell Labs.
With all of these patents now there’s you would think that they would start showcasing new products. Right?
Nope, they start issuing licenses demands on their patents. However, they made the mistake of sending their licensure demand to Newegg. Newegg viewed this as patent trolling. Newegg doesn’t settle with patent trolls, ever.
The jury found the patents invalid.
The appeals court found the patents invalid.
Newegg Chief Legal Officer, Lee Cheng, talks about Lucent’s corporate representatives testimony:
“Successful defendants have their litigation managed by people who care,” said Cheng. “For me, it’s easy. I believe in Newegg, I care about Newegg. Alcatel Lucent, meanwhile, they drag out some random VP—who happens to be a decorated Navy veteran, who happens to be handsome and has a beautiful wife and kids—but the guy didn’t know what patents were being asserted. What a joke.”
via Newegg nukes “corporate troll” Alcatel in third patent appeal win this year | Ars Technica. via Flutterby
I think I want to put a framed and autographed 8×10 glossy photograph of Mr. Cheng on my desk.