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Samsung will not copy HTC’s deal with Apple: official


A top executive at Samsung Electronics Co yesterday said the South Korean electronics giant had no plans to follow Taiwanese firm HTC Corp (宏達電) in seeking a settlement over its patent disputes with arch rival Apple Inc.

Samsung and Apple are embroiled in patent lawsuits in 10 nations, including the US and Germany, accusing each other of stealing design and technology.

HTC, which had been locked in similar suits with Apple, announced on Sunday that the two companies had reached a deal to end all outstanding litigation and sign a 10-year licensing agreement over patents.

“We have no such intention,” J.K. Shin, the head of Samsung Electronics’ mobile unit, told reporters when asked if Samsung would seek a similar settlement.

Samsung was ordered by a US jury in August to pay Apple US$1.05 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features for its Galaxy S smartphones. It has appealed the ruling.

Since then, courts in Japan and the Netherlands have dismissed Apple’s infringement claims.

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