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No plans ‘to settle suits with Apple’: HTC

Staff writer

Cher Wang (王雪紅), chairwoman of smartphone maker HTC Corp (宏達電), said yesterday the company had no plans to settle patent lawsuits with Apple Inc, local media reported.

Wang made the remark after Apple claimed a victory in a patent suit against Samsung Electronics Co on Friday last week in the US. A California-based jury awarded Apple US$1.05 billion in damages after ruling that Samsung had infringed on six of the seven patents contested by Apple.

“Samsung’s defeat does not mean that Google Inc’s Android camp is defeated,” the Chinese-language online news outlet Cnyes.com quoted Wang as saying yesterday.

Samsung is the world’s largest maker of smartphones running Google Inc’s Android system. Other companies that also use the Android platform in their smartphones include HTC, South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc, as well as China’s Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想), ZTE Corp (中興) and Huawei Technologies (華為).

Wang was talking on the sidelines of a press conference for an upcoming APEC Business Advisory Council meeting. She is one one of Taiwan’s three representatives on the council.

HTC and Apple have sued each other in several cases at the US International Trade Commission. The Taiwanese company is expected to hear an initial ruling by the commission on Nov. 7 on its second lawsuit against Apple.

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