top Samsung executive said Wednesday that the South Korean electronics
giant had no plans to follow Taiwanese firm HTC in seeking a settlement
over its patent disputes with arch-rival Apple.
Samsung and Apple are
currently embroiled in patent lawsuits in 10 nations including the
United States and Germany, accusing each other of stealing design and
HTC, which had been locked in similar suits with Apple
around the world, announced 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 -- the world's
top mobile and smartphone maker -- was ordered by a US jury in August
to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and
iPad features for its flagship Galaxy S smartphones.
It has appealed the ruling.
Since then, two separate rulings by courts in Japan and the Netherlands have dismissed Apple's claims of patent infringement.
also said Wednesday that Samsung expected fourth-quarter smartphone
sales to be as strong as the third quarter, when its newest Galaxy S3
device became the world's top-selling smartphone.