Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Samsung won't settle with Apple: report

Those who looked at the settlement between Apple and HTC that was announced over the weekend, and hoped that Samsung would be able to settle its patent disagreement with the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant as well can stop hoping. Samsung has said -- definitively -- it will not settle its patent disputes out of court with Apple.

Currently embroiled in patent lawsuits in 10 nations including the United States and Germany, Samsung and Apple have accused the other of infringing on design and technology patents.

Meanwhile, HTC and Apple, which had been involved in similar lawsuits, also globally, came to an agreement which was announced on Sunday. Details were not announced, but HTC and Apple now have a 10-year licensing agreement which extends to current and future devices and patents.

However, on Wednesday, J.K. Shin, the head of Samsung's Mobile Communications unit said " "It may be true that HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won (US$276 million) to Apple, but we don't intend to (negotiate) at all," Shin said, while speaking to reporters.

[The amount that HTC paid to Apple is speculation, as details of the deal were not disclosed.]

Samsung, which has become the world's top mobile device (not just smartphone) manufacturer, was ordered by a U.S. jury in late August to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages for copying iPhone and iPad features -- and designs -- to use in its flagship Galaxy S smartphones. It has since appealed the ruling.

Since then, two separate rulings by courts in Japan and the Netherlands have dismissed Apple's claims of patent infringement, and Apple U.K. lost an appeal and had to post an apology to Samsung on its site --- which it did, but in a snarky manner that earned it a smackdown.

Shin also said Wednesday that Samsung expected its fourth-quarter smartphone sales to be as strong as the third quarter, when its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone became the world's top-selling smartphone, beating out the iPhone 4S, but things may change in Q4 with the iPhone 5 now being sold.

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