As the two companies continue to lock horns in a flurry of global patent disputes, Samsung has suggested the iPhone relies on its patents
Intent on continuing its longstanding legal disputes and catty bickering with bitter rival Apple, Samsung has suggested the Cupertino based company “could not have sold a single iPhone without the benefit of Samsung‘s patented technology.”
Despite being on the receiving end of a raft of sales bans in the recent months, Samsung remains defiant that opposed to it infringing on Apple’s intellectual property rights, without its original efforts in pioneering the mobile scene, Apple would not have been able to launch the iPhone.
“Samsung has been researching and developing mobile telecommunications technology since at least as early as 1991 and invented much of the technology for today‘s smartphones,” the Korean company declared in a recent trail brief. It added: “Indeed, Apple, which sold its first iPhone nearly twenty years after Samsung started developing mobile phone technology, could not have sold a single iPhone without the benefit of Samsung‘s patented technology.”
With a selection of Samsung manufactured tablets and smartphones banned from sale across a number of European and American markets, most notably the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Google branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the tech giant has claimed that it was working on current design models long before Apple’s first smartphone came to market.
“Prior to the iPhone‘s announcement in January 2007, Samsung was already developing numerous products and models with the same design features that Apple now claims were copied from the iPhone,” a company representative has said.
“In the summer of 2006, Samsung began designing its next generation of mobile phones, based on the market trend of ever-increasing screen size. At that time, Samsung‘s designers envisioned a basic design: a simple, rounded rectangular body dominated by a display screen with a single physical button on the face.”
Continuing the Apple bashing, Samsung’s trial briefing added: “Apple relied heavily on Samsung‘s technology to enter the telecommunications space, and it continues to use Samsung‘s technology to this day in its iPhone and iPad products”
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