HTC may have settled its patent infringement fight with Apple, but Samsung won't do the same, according to JK Shin, head of Samsung's mobile device unit. The two companies have been fighting in courts around the world over allegations that they're infringing on each other's mobile device patents.
When asked if Samsung would consider following HTC's lead, Mr. Shin told AFP, "We have no such intention."
Samsung's JK Shin: We won't settle patent fight with Apple
Apple and HTC struck a patent cross licensing agreement earlier this week, ending their courtroom infringement battle. The companies didn't reveal details of the agreement, but Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu said his sources estimated HTC would be paying between US$6 and $8 for every Android-based smartphone it makes.
Samsung, however, doesn't seem to be interested in ending its legal fight with Apple despite a U.S. Federal Court ruling that the company's Android-based tablets infringe on Apple's design patents. As part of that ruling, Apple was awarded over $1 billion in damages, although Samsung is appealing the case.
HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said "Samsung's defeat does not mean that Google Inc's Android camp is defeated," following the ruling, and added that her company had no intention of settling with Apple. While HTC eventually changed its mind, for now it appears that Samsung has no intention of doing the same.