Earlier this week we witnessed Apple and Taiwanese manufacturer HTC finally putting their differences aside, and shaking on a 10-year licensing agreement covering existing and future patents held by either company. Good stuff.
Alas, South Korean manufacturer Samsung says it has no plans of backing down in its tedious and insanely expensive transcontinental battle with Apple. Sigh.
That’s the word according to the chaps at Dawn.com, with a report straight out of Samsung’s Seoul.
Asked by reporters if Samsung fancied laying down its arms and reaching some sort of HTC-style agreement with Apple instead of continuing to line lawyers’ pockets, JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile, bawled: “We have no such intention.”
Echoes of March this year, when Shin Jong-kyun yelled: “No compromise!”
The Apple/Samsung patent wars have played out across several countries (we must be into the teens now) with mixed results.
Back in August, a US judge ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1 billion in damages, a ruling that is – needless to say – being appealed. Meanwhile, in the UK, a case hosted by The High Court of England and Wales yielded The Apple/Samsung apology story.
In sort-of-related news, Shin predicts Samsung's Q4 will be just as successful as its Q3, when the Samsung Galaxy S III was the world's top selling smartphone. That particular honour, however, is expected to go to the iPhone 5 this quarter.