Samsung says Galaxy Nexus was designed to bypass Apple’s patents

Thu, Oct 20, 2011

Legal, News

Google yesterday introduced its latest flagship Android device – the Samsung manufactured Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

Now if you follow Apple at all, or even the broad technological landscape, you’re probably aware that Apple is currently suing Samsung alleging that its Android smartphones and tablets infringe upon a large number of Apple’s patents. Recently, Apple has attained favorable legal judgments in its favor such as an Australian Court granting Apple’s request for an injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Just a few weeks ago, Samsung modified theĀ Android OS it loads onto the Galaxy S, S II, and Ace smartphones as to get around an injunction against said products in the Netherlands.

So now with the Galaxy Nexus poised for release, Samsung mobile president Shin Jong-kyun had some interesting remarks regarding the Galaxy Nexus and Apple’s patents, specifically stating that the Galaxy Nexus was designed as to bypass Apple patents it might otherwise infringe.

“Now we will avoid everything we can and take patents very seriously,” Jon-kyun said.

As opposed to before when Samsung completely disregarded the intellectual property of others, namely Apple?

It’s almost like someone saying, “I stopped stealing and now take the law very seriously.” Okay, that’s great and all but what does that reveal about the person’s previous conduct?

In any event, we’ll wait and see if the Galaxy Nexus really does traverse all of Apple’s patent portfolio. In the meantime, Jon-kyun remains confident though he foresees Apple’s legal entanglements with Samsung going on for quite some time.

Samsung added personnel to its legal team to ramp up the battle against Apple and plans to hire more lawyers, according to Shin.
“(I realized that) having technological power and being business savvy aren’t enough,” he said.

Despite the court injunctions in Germany and Australia, Shin said Samsung can meet its annual tablet sales target of a five-fold increase from last year.

via Yonhap News


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