Samsung VP Won-Pyo Hong Says Galaxy Nexus Not Designed Specifically with Apple Patents in Mind

It might be true that certain elements of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus were designed to avoid potential legal issues down the road, but Executive Vice President of Product Strategy Won-Pyo Hong says he has no idea where people got the idea that the new joint-venture between Google and Samsung was designed specifically to avoid Apple’s patents. It was reported that Samsung┬áPresident Shin Jong-kyun had stated in an interview that an effort had been made to avoid infringing on Apple’s intellectual property, but his words were either lost in translation or never uttered at all, as Hong claims them to be mere rumor.

Hong points out that development on the Galaxy Nexus began well before Apple filed any legal claims against Samsung, and given the long development time of most smartphone we’ll believe him. What most likely happened was a misconstruing of word spoken by Mr. Shin Jong-kyun. He most likely was simply pointing out that Samsung does and always has made an effort to mind the patents of its competitors, knowing that someday such things could come back to pinch the company in the rear.

[via Engadget]

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  • endone

    Thats nice Mr. Won-Pyo Hong, but when will the phone RELEASE?

    Edit: For Tmobile :)

    • MichaelTolly


    • 21221

      first half of Nov. ( Verizon ) then to other carriers there after

      • Jdog25

        If it is a world wide release on different carriers then some of them have to be using HSPA+ and that model will work on AT&T and T-mo in the U.S. So either that model is available on day one or some of us can just import it from Canada.

  • Christopher Seavey

    I said the same thing elsewhere yesterday. Everyone at first was getting the quote drastically different, then others were just copying it from the early quotes. Ah, the internet can really screw with reporting.

  • Nudo

    I have a feeling this whole thing will cause a cellular civil war.

    • James Friedman

      It already has…..Android army UNITE!

  • Ctopher4

    @nudo +1 lol

  • Vadim Marchenko

    Nice… Patents were introduced to protect work from being stolen. And now one must do an extra effort to avoid somebody’s patents ))