The legal struggle has been a long and vicious one, and both sides continue to battle each other in courtrooms across the world over alleged infringement of patents from both sides. One of the latest developments comes in the form of a statement from Samsung’s CEO, affirming that the iPhone – in fact, no smartphone at all – would be possible without their patents.
The chief executive of Samsung Electronics has expressed confidence about the ongoing patent battle with Apple, saying that no smartpohone can exist without patents from Korea’s technology giants.
“The truth never lies. Without Samsung-owned wireless patents, it’s impossible for the Cupertino-based Apple to produce its handsets,” said Samsung’s mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun.
It’s comments like these that make Samsung appear to be the villain in the eyes of many observers – and really, it’s not a very smart thing to say, as if the Samsung CEO’s claims are actually true, those patents would fall under FRAND, and Samsung would be forced to license them fairly to Apple at any rate.
This battle won’t be over any time soon. Yikes.