Galaxy Nexus specifically designed to avoid Apple patent lawsuits, reveals Samsung's Shin Jong-kyun
Company looks to expand its legal troop
In a bid to free itself from future lawsuits, Samsung has revealed avoiding any potential clashes with Apple's patent library was built into the very design of the Galaxy Nexus – the firm's recently unveiled Google branded Ice Cream Sandwich handset.
The device is the first Android phone from the Korean OEM since the eruption of legal disputes between Samsung and Apple – disputes that have led to Samsung devices being temporarily banned in territories around the globe.
As a result, Samsung mobile president Shin Jong-kyun said the company would "avoid everything we can and take patents very seriously".
We'll meet again
Despite the intention to avoid antagonising Apple with Galaxy Nexus, Shin said he still couldn't be sure legal problems wouldn't arise from his rival's camp.
"We will see if (the Galaxy Nexus) will be 100 percent free," he said, adding that the legal wrangling of the past six months was "just the start."
"[The lawsuits] will last for a considerable time. I don't think there is much gain. What we are losing is the pride in our brand."
Shin also stated that Samsung is currently looking to expand its legal department, as "having technological power and being business savvy isn't enough."
Samsung is currently looking to block sales of the recently released iPhone 4S in Australia and Japan.
It has also been forced to modify its Galaxy S, SII and Ace handsets in order to avoid a ban in Holland.
Back in August, a total of 19 legal disputes with Apple were taking place over nine different countries, though Samsung recently avoided a Galaxy Tab ban in the US after District Judge Lucy Koh - despite ruling in Apple's favour – fell short of enforcing an outright ban.
[source: Yonhap News Agency]
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