Samsung CEO: iPhone Can’t Live Without Samsung Patents


From Samsung’s perspective, no smartphone exists without Samsung’s patents, the South Korean manufacturer CEO said Wednesday to The Korea Times.

“The truth never lies. Without Samsung-owned wireless patents, it’s impossible for the Cupertino-based Apple to produce its handsets. As you know, Samsung is very strong in terms of portfolios of wireless patents,” said Samsung’s mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun in a brief meeting with local reporters in Seoul, Wednesday.

Shin Jong-kyung’s remarks come at the height of the International Trade Commission’s decision to give Samsung another chance to prove Apple is indeed infringing on four of its patents, as it will review the case.

“The re-evaluation decision by the USITC doesn’t necessarily mean Samsung is better-positioned for the fight with Apple. But Samsung will do its best. Samsung’s legal team is effectively responding to this fight. Yes, a new trial for the case is a possibility,” Shin told reporters.

From Shin’s position it is obvious: the company doesn’t want to walk HTC’s path to initiate and reach an agreement, especially when considering that Samsung’s patents make the iPhone manufacturing possible in the first place.

And as the South Korean company’s recent moves show, it isn’t just talking, but taking action: it turned to the court to see which patents are included in the HTC and Apple settlement.


  • George Hill

    Samsung seems to be talking a lot of smack lately ever since they lost the $1 billion, and have yet to pay up.

  • Carlos

    Sam Sung from Pacific Centre Apple Store is really there to make some of that $1billion back lol.

  • nexus

    in a weird way, i agree with what he said

  • bobbycanuck

    I think it’s awesome. I hate apple. Apple is done for good. Hahahahaha !!!!!!
    Say goodbye to apple all of you apple heads. Samsung warned apple that if they pursued that case in court before that they (apple) would be sorry. Then having to pay apple 1billion dollars in damages. Of course Samsung did it style and paid apple with a billion dollars worth of nickels. I wonder if apple’s CEO will be fired next year when apple loses this case. All the wireless products apple produces will become s bunch of scrap. They can’t operate without Samsung’s patents. This is more fun to watch than the super bowl , world series , and the Stanley cup playoffs all in one. Hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

  • BigEar

    Yes. Apple sucks!!

  • iFanatic

    best phone ever would be a Blackberry 10 OS on an apple phone. Meld the two together. Would blow all the competition out of the water. Best hardware, looks, best OS, an best enterprise…..Apple/RIM joint venture would be unstopable.

  • Come on, if you’re going to troll Apple at least make it funny.

  • Apple_Sauce

    I agree with Bobbycanuck. I like Apple products, I have had a 3G and currently a 4S. The Mac’s are too restrictive for me doing development to ever consider as a viable alternative, I need full control of my PC and always will.
    However the crap Apple pulled going after Samsung for some pathetic patents that should never have been granted in the first place, made me lose huge respect for Apple and their current direction. There is a reason all the Apple higher ups are selling off stock by the buckets. The best things people can do is sell off before the CEO’s etc. glean the profits from the little guys.
    I am personally on the side of Samsung for some patent payback. I hope companies run by accountants and lawyers with no ethics learn a lesson from all of this when Samsung kicks Apple where it counts.