Re: Software Patents = Retardedness in the Extreme
"Samsung tried abusing the patent system in the trial vs Apple"
Possibly true. I am not saying 2 wrongs make a right, but I have seen a lot of abuse of the patent system by Apple, too. Not abuse of patents, IMHO, but abuse of the patent system (by patenting things which should not be patented, mostly because of prior art).
"they wanted to get paid twice for the same FRAND SEP patents."
I don't know the full details, but IIRC Samsung put a clause in their license agreement saying the license couldn't be passed on. This does seem sneaky, but surely the HW mfrs should have checked this.
After this, when Apple tried to negotiate a license (which shows that they knew they needed a license) they rejected the terms (fees). This means they do not have a license. They are selling infringing equipment. If they think the terms offered are not FRAND, they should be taking Samsung to court over it, not just ignoring it and selling infringing devices.
"Apple have never been accused of abusing any FRAND SEP patents"
As far as I know, this is because they haven't, until recently, had many.
I do think Samsung are being twunts, but no more so than Apple.