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Samsung: Galaxy Nexus designed to avoid Apple patents

updated 08:45 am EDT, Wed October 19, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Nexus more respectful of patents

The Galaxy Nexus was designed partly to avoid patent lawsuits from Apple, Samsung's mobile head JK Shin said in commentary on Wednesday. While he wasn't specific on what patents might be avoided or even if it would be completely cleared, he told Yonhap that there was a conscious attempt to guarantee it would stay on sale. The Galaxy Nexus notably avoids the deliberately iPhone-like home button and TouchWiz interface of phones such as the international Galaxy S II.

"Now we will avoid everything we can and take patents very seriously," he said, implying the company had previously not been focusing on whether or not it might be copying technology.

The company has regularly dropped hints that it's at least somewhat aware of similarities to Apple, as it usually changes control schemes on Galaxy phones it sells in the US.

On existing patent conflicts, he expected these would stay in progress "for a considerable time." There wouldn't be much material advantage if Samsung won against Apple in its own lawsuits, but there would be a loss of the "pride in our brand," Shin explained. He admitted that Samsung had assumed its business and technological skills would be enough and that Samsung was hiring more attorneys to help mount a defense.

The company has at times made odd decisions that suggested it wasn't fully aware of possible legal actions even just weeks ago. It recently saw the Galaxy Tab 7.7 pulled from the IFA show floor despite an existing German ban on larger Galaxy Tabs that was likely to impact the smaller model. So far, most of its countersuits have been based on 3G standards patents that often aren't legally allowed to be used for lawsuits, leading to rejected claims.

By Electronista Staff


  1. fizzy

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    ...did he just say the new phone was designed to stop infringing patents that they are in court now saying they never infringed?

  1. joecab

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    "Galaxy Nexus designed to avoid Apple patents"

    Oh? is it no longer running Android? nyuk nyuk nyuk

  1. ElectroTech

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    Boycott Samsung

    Friends don't let friends buy Samsung products.

  1. ElectroTech

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    Boycott Samsung

    Friends don't let friends buy Samsung products.

  1. Paul Huang

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    White a turn around, huh?

    Something to brag about. Pathetic.

  1. bleee

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    Joined: Mar 2002


    Ya you know,

    Because original IDEAS are a good thing!

  1. SockRolid

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    See how easy?

    It's really easy to stop copying Apple. Just make your phones look crappy and you're safe.

  1. global.philosopher

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    Congratulations Samsung...

    you caved to Google who want their stock Android interface on every phone. So where is there differentiaion of your product. Why would someone choose to pay more for your product when an exact same looking product with the very same OS/interface is on a cheap chinese handset.

    Don't forget to deplpy you parachute on your way to the bottom with the other brandless OEM's.

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    I'd rather have AIDS than that t***.

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