You have selective memory. How it really happened was that Apple was willing to pay Nokia all along. Nokia, however, wanted Apple to pay more then Nokia charged other members of the standard body, and Nokia wanted to further discriminate against Apple by requiring Apple to license some of its non standards body iPhone patents.
Apple said no way. Nokia sued. To Nokia's dismay, things in the lawsuit were going Apple's way; Nokia continued to bleed market share; and Nokia decided to hitch its wagon to Microsoft.
As such, Nokia backed down and agreed to accept a reasonable royalty. Apple allowed Nokia to save face and licensed it a few insignificant patents that Nokia will likely not rely on in the future being that it is going Windows 7.
So called experts were saying Apple might have to pay Nokia potentially billions in back payments. Apple paid 600 million, which Apple was likely willing to pay from the onset.
I am not so sure things will work out the same with Samsung. Apple never initiated a suit against Nokia. Apple, however, really dislikes Samsung's blatant copying of its products. Samsung also seems to lack common business sense. Samsung also has a lot more money then Nokia.
If Samsung was smart, it would have agreed to alter the design of its Android offerings to be less Apple like. Apple is giving Samsung 8 billion a year, all of which is at risk now. Further, that 8 billion helped off set the cost of Samsung's Android offerings. Samsung is stupid to pick an unnecessary fight with one of its biggest customers.
Originally Posted by Gatorguy
Apple already had a FRAND licensing exercise with Nokia. Rather than take a chance in court, Apple paid up, threw in a few Apple patent licenses to Nokia, and every one went away happy. The same will happen here (sans rights to any Apple patents