FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) for several years has had a loyal supporter in Florian Mueller.
Nobody followed the company's myriad patent disputes more closely. Or criticized more sharply the claims made against Apple by Samsung and Motorola/Google for their so-called standard-essential patents.
But this time, he writes in his FOSS Patents blog, Apple has gone too far.
Having read the transcript of a January federal court hearing in advance of the second Apple v. Samsung trial -- scheduled to begin Mar. 31 -- Mueller is practically apoplectic. He can't believe 1) what Apple is demanding and 2) that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh is going to let the company put those demands before a jury.
"I face the first situation," he wrote in Tuesday's post, "in which I don't merely disagree with Apple but am rather wondering whether it has lost its mind."
The issue is what Apple thinks Samsung might reasonably agree to pay -- after hypothetical negotiations -- for the right to use five Apple patents: phone number tapping, unified search, data synchronization, slide-to-unlock, and autocomplete. (More detail here.)
$40 per unit? For five software patents?
"Give me a break," writes Mueller. "Reality distortion would be a total understatement for this."
In the first California Apple v. Samsung trial -- the one that ended in a $929 million verdict against Samsung -- Apple's per-device ask was a fraction of what it's demanding now. The per-unit claim for "pinch to zoom" was $3.10. For "over scroll bounce" and "tap to zoom" it was $2.02 apiece. That's a total to $7.14 for three patents. Now Apple is demanding $40 for five.
"I can understand that Apple, almost three years after having filed its first lawsuit against Samsung, is disappointed with the fact that it has no enforceable remedies in place in the United States," Mueller writes. "But seeking out-of-this-world damages based on bizarre theories of what a hypothetical negotiation would result in is not the answer."
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Benedict Evans views the mobile Internet from 30,000 feet.
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So begins a story in the International Business Times Friday reporting on the numbers in the first attached chart.
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While its competitors' average selling prices were falling, Apple's were rising.
FORTUNE --Apple (AAPL) bucked another industry trend last quarter, according to new research Fortune has obtained from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.
Taking a deeper look at a closely monitored smartphone metric, the average selling price (ASP), CIRP researchers found that while Apple's competitors' U.S. prices were falling last quarter, iPhone prices were rising.
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During Peter Oppenheimer's tenure, Apple's revenue increased more than 20-fold.
FORTUNE -- You can't say Peter Oppenheimer didn't earn his keep. During his tenure as Apple's (AAPL) chief financial officer, the company's annual revenue grew from $8 billion in 2004 to $171 billion in 2013.
But he's not leaving empty handed. He earned $2.6 million in 2013, and we still remember the day four years ago that 200,000 of his Apple restricted MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 4, 2014 10:22 AM ET
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