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Seoul (AFP) Nov 14, 2012
A 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 technology.
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.
Shin 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.
Apple and Samsung rule smartphone market: study
Smartphone sales climbed 46.9 percent to 169.2 million units from the same quarter last year as buyers increasingly opted for Internet-linked devices instead of "feature phones."
The smartphone market was "dominated" by Samsung and Apple, "leaving a handful of vendors fighting over a distant third spot," Gartner principal research analyst Anshul Gupta said in written findings accompanying a report.
South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung sold 55 million smartphones in the recently-ended quarter and commanded 32.5 percent of the global market, "widening the gap with Apple," according to Gartner.
Apple sold 23.6 million iPhones in the third quarter in a 36.2 percent increase from the same period last year, Gartner reported.
The company was on track for strong iPhone sales in the holiday season with the newest version of the smartphone rolling out in China and other parts of the world, according to Gupta.
The Google-backed Android operating software used by Samsung and other smartphone makers continued to gain ground in the quarter, increasing its market share by 19.9 percent to claim 72.4 percent of the market.
California-based Apple's moible gadget software powered 13.9 percent of the smartphones sold in the third quarter.
Overall mobile phone sales declined 3.1 percent to slightly less than 428 million units in the quarter.
"After two consecutive quarter of decline in mobile phone sales, demand has improved in both mature and emerging markets as sales increased sequentially," Gupta said.
"In mature markets, we finally saw replacement sales pick up with the launch of new devices in the quarter."
While Gartner analysts expected mobile phone sales to be buoyed in the year-end holiday shopping season, they cautioned that the boost might be tempered by gift-buyers opting for tablet computers.
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