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Apple-Samsung war may extend to broadband: firm

TAIPEI--The patent war between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. is likely to extend into the fourth-generation wireless broadband sector, Daiwa Securities Capital Markets said in a note.

The Japanese brokerage believes long-term evolution (LTE) technology could be the next battleground in a patent war between the two electronics giants that has spanned four continents.

"At this stage, Apple still seems to be taking a hard line against 'rip-offs.' Patents and patent litigation represent a new battleground," Daiwa analysts wrote in the note.

Perhaps in anticipation of the next phase of the patent wars, Apple has been acquiring LTE-related patents in the past two years, the analysts said.

"Samsung already has a large portfolio of LTE patents, while HTC may have the upper hand in a U.S. suit with Apple concerning two LTE-related patents," they said.

The Korea Intellectual Property Office said South Korea-based Samsung had 819 LTE patents as of August this year, nearly twice as many as owned by Apple.

The office said Apple has only developed 44 of the 318 LTE patents it holds.

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