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Samsung says it won’t knuckle under to Apple

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Wed Nov 14 2012, 11:59
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KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has said it has no intention of making a patents deal with Apple, despite HTC making a similar move on Monday.

That's according to Korean news agency Yonhap, which having spoken with Samsung CEO Shin Jong-Kyun reports that the company has no plans to reach an agreement to settle its patent disputes with Apple.

"It may be true that HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won ($276m) to Apple, but we don't intend to [negotiate] at all," Jong-Kyun reportedly said.

It doesn't sound like he's very bothered about the firms' legal battles either, as he predicted that Samsung's smartphone sales will be just as impressive in the fourth quarter as they were in the third, which saw the company rake in profits of £4.6bn.

Still, it's fair to say that HTC isn't doing quite as well as Samsung, especially if Gartner's latest figures are anything to go by. That's likely why HTC on Monday announced that it signed a 10 year licensing agreement with Apple, to save it from paying expensive legal fees to fight the US company in court.

Samsung has not yet responded to our request for comment. µ


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