Samsung might be spending a lot of resources on getting its patents right, but apparently the scheme isn't working as well as the company would be hoping for. Earlier today, Samsung was ordered to pay US$15.7 million to patent investment company Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP for patent infringement.
"24,000 companies believe Bluetooth technology should be shared for free. Obviously, Rembrandt is not a part of that, and they're taking advantage of that," said Attorney Jesse Jenner, co-counsel for Samsung for the case. The plaintiff, Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP, maintained that by making, using, selling or offering for sale devices with the Bluetooth EDR (enhanced data rate), Samsung infringed the patent.
"Even though we think Samsung owes nothing, I have to address damages because Rembrandt wants $30 million," Jenner said.
Samsung, naturally, attempted to downplay the claim by calling it invalid, but the jury decided that Samsung didn't have enough evidence to prove its claim.
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The two patents that Samsung has been found guilty on infringing relate to Bluetooth technology. More specifically the patent duo relates to a "system and method of communication using at least two modulation methods." The Korean company has been making, selling, using and offering for sale Bluetooth EDR (enhanced data rate) devices and the aforementioned technology is in the core of them.