Samsung: Galaxy Nexus Was Designed Specifically to Avoid Apple Patents

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Samsung's mobile president, Shin Jong-kyun, had some interesting comments regarding their brand spanking new Galaxy Nexus and ongoing patent war with Apple. He said that the Galaxy Nexus was specifically designed to avoid Apple's patents. In other words, this is finally all Samsung.

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Shin acknowledged the complicated nature of patents and how hard it's been for Samsung to deal with, but he claims that no "known" Apple patent was used in the Galaxy Nexus (is that an admission of guilt for previous phones?). Specifically, Shin said:

Now we will avoid everything we can and take patents very seriously

The Galaxy Nexus looks like a beast of a machine and there isn't any immediate similarities you can draw between the phone and the iPhone, but then again, no one really knows with patents. It's an ugly mess. Not even Shin. He's taking a wait and see approach saying, "we will see if (the Galaxy Nexus) will be 100 percent free." I'm guessing Samsung is making it a renewed effort to avoid embarrassing patent disputes to protect their brand (and dignity). All I know is I would like more of where this Galaxy Nexus came from. [Yonhap News Agency]

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frankurd
Arggh! there goes a...snake a snake!

I remember learning in one of my business classes several years ago that a lot of Samsung's business model revolved around making 'me-too' products for the longest time. Our professor claimed that this was actually the reason they could be so profitable because they didn't have to spend tons of money on an R&D department. They would just take existing ideas and make them better. Of course, there's ways of doing this without infringing on patents which is what they successfully did for quite a while until people starting really challenging them. Now they've realized they need to be a bit more careful.