Samsung has no plan to settle legal matters with Apple

Jerimiah Yap – Fourth Estate Cooperative Writer

Seoul, South Korea (4E) – Samsung isn’t keen on sitting down with Apple and negotiating a deal to settle legal disputes just as HTC did. HTC and Apple settled several patent disputes and agreed on a 10-year licensing deal on the patents between the two. Samsung explicitly stated that it has no intention of negotiating with the Cupertino-based tech company.

According to Korean news outlet Yonhap News, Samsung’s mobile head J.K. Shin wants the patent disputes between the two companies to end in legal resolution instead of settlement out of the court.

“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 told reporters.

A few months ago Apple won in a United States federal court with the judge ordering Samsung to pay $1 billion in damages. That’s just one of the many legal disputes Samsung and Apple filed against each other. Their legal battles isn’t limited to the United States; it spans continents around the world.

Samsung has also scored some victories against Apple in courts located in Europe.

Shin expects Samsung smartphone sales will continue to be strong because of the demand for the Galaxy S III.

The deal between Apple and HTC will cost HTC an average of $280 million a year.

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