Samsung unwilling to settle lawsuits with Apple

SamsungHopes that Samsung and Apple could settle their legal battles out of court appear to have been dashed. Speaking to Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, J.K. Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, said that Samsung would look to a legal resolution rather than a settlement. “We don’t intend to (negotiate) at all,” he explained, apparently leaving little room for compromise.

Samsung and Apple have been engaged in legal battles over the last few years. Most recently, Samsung sued Apple over some of its LTE patents. Before that, Apple won a US$1 billion award in a US patent infringement case. Other cases are still before various courts.

Legal distractions do not appear to have any effect on Samsung’s sales. Shin expects that fourth quarter smartphone sales will be “as robust” as they were in the previous quarter.

For its part, Apple appears to be taking a softer approach to its legal battles with various smartphone manufacturers. Its battle with HTC now appears behind it with the latter reportedly paying up to US$8 per Android smartphone it sells.

Read more: Yonhap News Agency (Source: CNET News)