Last week, HTC and Apple announced that they had worked out their differences and would play nice together, at least for the next 10 years. Today, Samsung said, “No way are we gonna get suckered into that deal.” Well, not in those exact words, but the sentiment is the same.
Samsung and Apple have both won major patent infringement lawsuits in recent months, so neither company feels pressure to settle. Samsung’s recent statement made it clear that the two frienemeis will be spending a lot of time in court over the next few years.
“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,” Samsung mobile and IT executive Shin Jong-kyun told reporters.
Shin also forecasted Samsung’s fourth quarter smartphone sales, saying the company’s profits will “stay as robust as they did in the third quarter.”
Apple won a huge victory against Samsung in the US this past August. The Korean tech company was forced to pay more than $1 billion in damages to the iPad maker. However, Samsung won just as big of a victory in the UK. Maybe not as big monetarily, but Apple was forced to tell the public that the Galaxy Tab does not copy the iPad. Apple is still playing tricks with this ruling by finding ways to hide the apology on its website.
The two still have about a dozen patent infringement lawsuits outstanding throughout the world. It is going to take a long time to get through it all.