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Samsung Designs Galaxy Nexus to Bypass Apple Patents

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Maybe yes, maybe no!

It seems the answer to the question "is our Samsung learning?" is yes. Having been smacked down in Australia, Germany, and the Netherlands, and likely anticipating future such humiliations, Samsung is looking to head off Apple at the pass with its latest smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus. The new phone, the first in the world to run Ice Cream Sandwich, was reportedly designed specifically to bypass Apple's patents entirely. At least, Samsung Mobile president Shin Jong-kyun confirmed this while unveiling Nexus on Tuesday, adding "Now we will avoid everything we can and take patents very seriously." I doubt he intended to indicate that Samsung has previously not taken patents seriously, but you never know.

Either way, it's a sign that Samsung is getting a little tired of constantly having to go down to the Courthouse, something Shin appeared to acknowledge when he said "I don't think there is much gain. What we are losing is the pride in our brand." That kind of honesty is rare, especially for a company currently suffering from a global legal bludgeoning. Unfortunately for Shin, Won-Pyo Hong, executive Vice President of Product Strategy used his time on stage during AsiaD to clarify Samsung's position. He says he has 'no idea' where the 'rumors' that Nexus was designed to evade Apple patents came from. When someone you presumably work with daily refers to an unambiguous statement you've made as a 'rumor', well, however you say 'ouch' in Korean.

Whatever the truth of the matter, proactively working to make a product free of the taint of the Macness doesn't guarantee that Apple's ravenous legal team won't cast a leering eye in Nexus' direction. Even Shin was careful to add that "We will see if [the Galaxy Nexus] will be 100 percent free.... I think it is just a start and [the lawsuits] will last for a considerable time". Maybe so, but with their recent Microsoft deal behind them, wouldn't it just be wonderful for the news-reading public if the fight continued? Of course, while partnering with the company whose founder may have just cured malaria is an important strategic move, it really lacks the PR cachet of a black turtleneck and brilliant song-selection in ad campaigns. So look for Apple to sue and win over Nexus sometime next summer.

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  • 22 Hide
    house70 , October 21, 2011 3:21 PM
    All the class Samsung has shown only highlights the d-bags at Apple are world-class d-bags.
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    back_by_demand , October 21, 2011 3:29 PM
    Apple will patent being rectagular and hit them again
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    soo-nah-mee , October 21, 2011 3:14 PM
    I'll bet Apple still finds a way to be a thorn in Samsung's side.
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  • 17 Hide
    soo-nah-mee , October 21, 2011 3:14 PM
    I'll bet Apple still finds a way to be a thorn in Samsung's side.
  • 22 Hide
    house70 , October 21, 2011 3:21 PM
    All the class Samsung has shown only highlights the d-bags at Apple are world-class d-bags.
  • 21 Hide
    back_by_demand , October 21, 2011 3:29 PM
    Apple will patent being rectagular and hit them again
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    Scoregie , October 21, 2011 3:31 PM
    Man its sad that you have to build something in a specific way because of these silly rules we put on ourselves.... It makes me wonder what this phone and all other thing would look like if one and another wasn't scared of each other...(Apple).... Samsung may the Droid Be With You
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    Miharu , October 21, 2011 4:05 PM
    I still hope Apple hit a wall.

    It's not like they invent everything... and they act like this.
    They should be sue for many patient.
    But I think companies fear Apple crazyness and just don't sue crazy people with tons of money.
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    joebob2000 , October 21, 2011 4:13 PM
    There is no patent on the exact look/feel of the phone, Apple just uses the similar looks to point out the "technology" patents it holds that Samsung encroaches, like touching a screen with your finger and having your phone know where your finger is. Good for you Apple, you thought of using a finger to control your phone and then threw a ton of money at the global patent market to make sure you were the only ones allowed to do that. Way to innovate.
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    ikyung , October 21, 2011 4:15 PM
    The old saying used to be if it aint broken don't fix it. Now it is, if its patented, avoid it.
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    doive1231 , October 21, 2011 4:36 PM
    A kick in the Shins for Apple. Hurrah.
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    Netherscourge , October 21, 2011 4:37 PM
    It's doesn't matter who invents what - all that matters is who filed the patent for it first and/or who currently owns the rights to it.

    Advantage -> Apple
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    back_by_demand , October 21, 2011 4:39 PM
    joebob2000There is no patent on the exact look/feel of the phone, Apple just uses the similar looks to point out the "technology" patents it holds that Samsung encroaches, like touching a screen with your finger and having your phone know where your finger is. Good for you Apple, you thought of using a finger to control your phone and then threw a ton of money at the global patent market to make sure you were the only ones allowed to do that. Way to innovate.

    Sarcasm, right?
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    checkeredbob , October 21, 2011 4:41 PM
    ikyungThe old saying used to be if it aint broken don't fix it. Now it is, if its patented by Apple, avoid it.


    Corrected.
  • 6 Hide
    flclkun , October 21, 2011 4:42 PM
    inb4 iJudges
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    Anonymous , October 21, 2011 5:15 PM
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    BTW, in the Samsung/Apple suit in The Netherlands, some interesting comments were made by Apple attorneys. They basically stated that they searched for and studied Samsung patents to make sure they weren't infringing anything while developing their products. If Apple can do this, why can't Samsung?


    You realize lawyers say whatever BS is needed to make their case more solid. Patents such as using a touchscreen to control your device are ridiculous. You are ignoring the fact (sadly, I guess this is really an opinion) that Apple makes extremely broad and ridiculous patents. Studying said patents won't necessarily help you avoid them if you are in the same market (smartphones...).
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    gokanis , October 21, 2011 5:18 PM
    ericburnbyMore idiotic responses on Tom's.How can you equate Samsung making changes to their product to avoid patents as somehow because Apple is being a douche?More like Samsung will now stop copying Apple and come up with their own ideas. Samsung is in the wrong and should stop cutting corners by ripping off others.BTW, in the Samsung/Apple suit in The Netherlands, some interesting comments were made by Apple attorneys. They basically stated that they searched for and studied Samsung patents to make sure they weren't infringing anything while developing their products. If Apple can do this, why can't Samsung?



    And another idiotic response.......
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    tuch92 , October 21, 2011 5:39 PM
    ericburnbyMore like Samsung will now stop copying Apple and come up with their own ideas. Samsung is in the wrong and should stop cutting corners by ripping off others.


    Cutting corners? Please tell me this was a pun.
  • 7 Hide
    Anonymous , October 21, 2011 6:17 PM
    Unfortunately for Samsung, Apple was recently awarded US Patent #7,934,281 for a "portable multifunction touchscreen device designed specifically as to not infringe on Apple's patents."
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    subaru41 , October 21, 2011 6:29 PM
    I wont deny that Apple doesn't have a leg to stand on for one or two patent infringements regarding the original design of the SG2 phone with the middle button; but the whole Apple iPad Galaxy lawsuit proves that Hitlers, I mean Steve Jobs has no class. See the link below.
    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/41536/apple-submits-strange-galaxy-tab-pics

    Apple flawed the evidence in the lawsuit. Then they are claiming the Galaxy looks the same. First off, the Xoom from the front looks just like the galaxy tab. Why isn't apple suing Motorola? Turn the tablets around and the design looks nothing alike. One is more square and the other rectangular. I own both the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab and they are nothing alike at all. Operating system is completely different. How many LCD's, computer monitors, etc from different manufacturers can you tell apart from 10-15 feet away? The design look the same on most TVs to me hanging on Best Buys wall. You don't see companies like, Panasonic, Sony, etc suing each other. That tells you what kind of Company Apple is.
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    Anonymous , October 21, 2011 6:33 PM
    @ericburnby

    so what was so radically different from the galaxy nexus, it's shape, it's lack of grid of rounded of square icons, no finger swipe for picture browsing

    and if you wont admit the idea patenting a grid of rounded of square icons is not laughable than i guess Apple really do have magical devices

    you always seem to point out that Samsung stole Apple's ideas but you never seem to say which ideas exactly were stolen
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    ben850 , October 21, 2011 6:56 PM
    http://www.bgr.com/2011/10/20/galaxy-nexus-was-not-designed-to-avoid-apple-patent-suits-samsung-exec-says/

    This was debunked yesterday. So all of you saying "HA! Samsung is the better person!", please return back to your basements ASAP.
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