Apple refuses to settle Samsung spat

Apple has shown that it is not interested in selling licences to settle its patent war with Samsung, but instead wants to use the system to shut down its number one competitor.

Reuters reports Apple has rejected an offer from Samsung to help settle the tablet row in Australia.

Apple claims Samsung’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copied its iPhone and iPad, but has admitted that it is really worried that it could lose its dominance of  the tablet market if Android is successful.

Apple has been fighting a desperate battle so far. In Germany, where doctored photographs were presented as evidence, Apple managed to get an injunction to prevent Samsung’s tablet being sold.

Apparently Samsung approached Apple last week, offering to help secure a quick court ruling in the Australian dispute, in return for being able to immediately launch the new Galaxy tablet there.

But Apple, fearful that people would no longer want to buy its tablet if the Samsung version was on the shelves, told the Federal Court in Sydney hat Samsung’s proposal provided no basis for a settlement.

Apple lawyer Steven Burley said that the main reason Apple is in court is to prevent the launch and maintain the status quo.

He insisted that Samsung should agree to an expedited court process, not impose conditions on its cooperation. In other words do what Apple says.

Burley said that the decision of being unavailable for an early final hearing is no more than a tactical attempt to maximise the chances of Samsung launching what it would submit as an infringing product.

Samsung told the court that the prospects of an immediate settlement were bleak, given the positions advanced by each party.

So far Samsung has done its best to keep Apple happy. This included withdrawing two features from the Galaxy 10.1, leaving just one disputed Apple patent over touch-screen display technology. The patent deals with how finger movements are used on tablets to generate a software command.

But it has opened up its own front against Apple using some patents borrowed from Google. It seems to be thinking that if Apple is giving it no quarter, it might attempt the same tactics to prevent the iPhone 5 from getting into the shops.