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Samsung exec: "No compromise" in patent war with Apple

updated 08:40 pm EST, Wed March 7, 2012

Comments follow fresh lawsuit

Less than a day after Samsung filed a fresh lawsuit against Apple, the Korean company has stepped up its public rhetoric as the patent war continues to escalate. Samsung's telecommunication division head, Shin Jong-kyun, told the Korea Times the company would accept "no compromise" in the ongoing legal battles.

The comments are believed to be a reaction to reports that suggest Apple offered a cross-licensing deal as a potential resolution. Unconfirmed reports claim the iPhone maker may be willing to accept between $5 and $15 per device as part of the settlement terms.

Despite Jong-kyun's statement, the company has yet to confirm rumors surrounding closed-door settlement negotiations.

Samsung's latest lawsuit accuses Apple of patent infringement for technology related to the iOS user interface and SMS messaging. Apple's most recent filing accuses its Korean competitor of copying Siri technology for Android voice search. The companies are now involved in 30 individual cases against each other, battling in numerous court systems throughout the globe.

Unnamed sources claim Samsung has boosted its annual litigation budget from $200 million to $260 million as the conflict continues to expand. Most of the companies' filings have yet to result in any final rulings, though a German court recently dismissed lawsuits from both sides.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bring it on dummy

    Apple is probably working to get new fabrication plants elsewhere and this is Samslung's only feasible out. Pretty stooopid.

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Apple offered a cross-licensing deal"?!??!

    Hot bull excrement!

    Apple would NEVER offer cross licensing.

    Samsung has a gazillion phones and tablets out there,
    it CAN have a couple devices out of the market without much impact on its overall income, and then just change the software or hardware slightly like it has done before and just carry on.

    Whilst Apple has only 1 phone & 1 tablet,
    it cannot afford to get and injunction.

    Maybe Apple's infringing some hard to counter hardware patent?

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No compromise


    And now no compromise shenanigans.

  1. chas_m



    I agree.

    No compromise, Same-sung. You just keep on losing, as you have been. And alienating your single biggest customer, who has shown the entire rest of the industry that if you have Same-sung help you make something, they will steal it and try to outsell you with it. I'm sure that will help your long-term prospects, Same-sung.

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