Following Samsung’s recent loss to Apple over a number of asserted iPhone design and utility patents comes a report that Samsung is now trying to work more closely with Microsoft and carriers in an effort to lessen its dependancy on Android. Specifically, Samsung will reportedly work with carriers to develop new technologies for smartphones that fall outside the purview of Apple’s own technology patents.
Samsung has allegedly entered talks with the biggest US carriers including Verizon Wireless to modify existing smartphone design.
“Samsung has been in talks with major U.S. carriers to jointly develop modified design technology. This will be effective, though we can’t unveil more details for the time being,” a Samsung telecoms division official said.
Samsung meanwhile has vowed to fight the adverse jury verdict using all means at their disposal, and interestingly enough, the company has reportedly said it will sue Apple immediately should it release a smartphone with LTE technology. And of course, the rumored iPhone 5, set to launch on September 21 if you believe the rumor mill, will likely come with 4G LTE support.
So it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. At the same time, remember that Apple not too long ago was part of a consortium that placed a successful $4.5 billion bid for a collection of Noretel patents. The acquisition includes a large number of 4G patents, and some have reported that Apple, on account of it contributing the highest percentage of the $4.5 billion bid, retained outright ownership of said 4G patents.
via Korea Times