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Samsung chief rules out Apple patent peace talks

14 Nov 2012
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Samsung has ruled out any hint it would consider peace talks with Apple in its long running legal dispute, despite HTC making a similar concession earlier this week.

According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, the firm's head of its mobile and IT division, Shin Jong-kyun told reporters the firm has no interest in a peace agreement.

"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," he is reported to have said.

The announcement is hardly surprising as Samsung is well-placed to continue its global battle with Apple, after another hugely successful quarter driven by sales of its Galaxy smartphones devices raked in profits of £4.6bn.

Furthermore, court-ordered peace talks between the two firm have also failed to result in any agreements, so Samsung is clearly happy to stick to its guns and continue to fight it out with Apple.

HTC's position is far less favourably than Samsung, though, as sales decline and profits dwindle, likely forcing its executives to reach out to Apple to broker a peace agreement.

Samsung has notable successes against Apple in court rooms across the world too, with UK courts recently forcing Apple into a humiliating apology on its website after initially refusing to comply with an order to inform visitors to the site that it lost a case against Samsung.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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