Samsung won’t enter HTC-style peace treaty with Apple
Samsung has stated it won't negotiate a patent deal with Apple, following reports of HTC's agreement with the iPhone maker
Samsung isn’t going to consider following HTC’s lead by entering into a patent deal with rival Apple, reports reveal.
Samsung’s mobile division chief Shin Jong-kyun told Yonhap News: ‘It may be true that HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won (£173 million) to Apple, but we don’t intend to (negotiate) at all.’
The statement comes after HTC signed a 10-year deal with Apple which would enable the two companies to share both current and future patents for use in their devices.
At the time, the precise details of the deal weren’t revealed, with both companies preferring for it to remain confidential, however, a subsequent report citing multiple industry sources claimed HTC could be paying Apple as much as £5 per Android handset it sells, which could amount to as much as £176 million in 2013 alone.
Such a deal echoes similar patent pay-out settlements by Android makers, including HTC, with Windows Phone maker Microsoft, which earns a tidy sum for every Android phone sold.
Following the announcement of the HTC deal, commentators speculated it might be used by Apple as a model to reach similar agreements with other Android manufacturers, with many suggesting long-term rival Samsung as a prime candidate.
Apple and Samsung have had a turbulent history in recent years with multiple patent disputes across the world, many of which have dragged on for some time with repeated appeals from both parties.
Most recently in the UK, British courts ordered Apple to pay for Samsung’s legal costs after an apology it was ordered to issue was found not to adhere to requirements and was branded ‘misleading’.
The apology related to an earlier ruling regarding Apple’s public claims that Samsung copied the iPad design, an allegation which Judges ruled against.