I am sure there were a group of peace loving tech enthusiasts out there who thought the ongoing legal tussle between Samsung and Apple would end in a peaceful manner. The reason being HTC and Apple’s recent decision to sort all differences and strike a licensing deal for the next ten years.
Well, if we are to believe Samsung’s Shin Jong-kyun, who heads the Korean giant’s Mobile and IT division, the company is in no mood to wave the white flag. In a report published by Korea’s Yonhap News, the high ranking official made it clear that there is no way that Samsung would go the HTC way and settle all issues out of court. Instead, it would be going full steam against Apple and would ensure that Cupertino doesn’t breathe easy. “It may be true that HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won (US$276 million) to Apple, but we don’t intend to [negotiate] at all,” Jong-kyun was quoted.
It was just a few days ago that HTC and Apple both decided to stop fighting in courts across the globe and focus on “innovation” – instead of litigation The companies settled various patent related suits that dated back to 2010. To ensure that they don’t start squabbling all over again, they also signed a patent deal for the next ten years ensuring that both companies would cross license their respective technologies (for the overall good of mankind).
Apple and Samsung’s battle however is visibly much more vicious and neither parties seem to be in a mood to loosen their grip. Earlier in 2012, Apple did manage to score a win over Samsung by managing to win a ruling that directed Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages. That however is just one of the many court cases these two tech giants are fighting out in courts across all continents.
How long do you think would it take for Apple and Samsung to settle ALL their differences? Do you foresee such a thing happening anytime in the near future?