Apple: Samsung seeks 'excessive' price for patents

In a Netherlands courtroom today, Apple reportedly reveals that Samsung is seeking to charge Apple 2.4 percent of the price of each chip in their patent dispute.

Samsung is reportedly looking to exact a hefty price on Apple in their patent dispute.

Samsung wants to charge Apple 2.4 percent of its chip price for every patent, according to Andreas Udo de Haes, an editor at Dutch publication Webwereld, who was tweeting today from one battleground: a courtroom in the Netherlands where Samsung is demanding a ban on the iPhone and iPad in that country due to 3G patents held by Samsung that Apple allegedly is infringing upon.

The demands were supposed to be confidential, Haes tweeted, but were revealed by Apple's counsel. In addition, Apple said that it had purchased chips from Infineon, which was acquired by Intel last year, and as a result doesn't have to pay a royalty to Samsung.

Haes also tweeted that Apple called Samsung's demands "simply excessive."

The revelation of the demands is just the latest in an ever-expanding conflict between the two technology titans. Patent infringement lawsuits span courts in the U.S., Australia, Asia, and Europe, and underscore the growing friction between Apple and the coalition of companies that use Google's Android platform.

A Samsung representative wasn't immediately available to confirm to CNET the 2.4 percent figure. An Apple representative wasn't immediately available to comment.

Apple has sued various Android partners as it looks to maintain its leadership in the smartphone business. Android has since overtaken Apple in total market share, but the iPhone remains the top-selling single smartphone and continues to be the leader among high-end handsets.

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Roger Cheng is the executive editor in charge of breaking news for CNET News. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade. He's a devoted Trojan alum and Los Angeles Lakers fan.

 

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