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Posted : 2013-11-27 15:36
Updated : 2013-11-27 15:36

'Patent suit is most unproductive innovation'

By Kim Yoo-chul

Yoon Boo-keun
Samsung Electronics co-CEO
A top-level executive at Samsung Electronics strongly criticized recent moves by global companies to file patent litigation.

"The most unproductive innovation is patent litigation," Yoon Boo-keun, co-CEO of Samsung Electronics and the head of its consumer division, told reporters following his participation in a weekly meeting among CEOs of Samsung affiliates at its headquarters in Seocho, southern Seoul, Wednesday.

The remarks come after British-based Dyson dropped its patent suit against Samsung Electronics over the latter's alleged patent infringement on Dyson's "Motion Sync" steering mechanism, allowing independent motion of wheels from the body of a vacuum cleaner.

The company is now assessing the lawsuit's damage to its brand image and is determining whether a lawsuit will be filed against Dyson for compensation.

Samsung officials declined to comment on Yoon's remarks. But industry officials say they reflect the views of top Samsung executives over patent disputes, suggesting that any imminent agreement with Apple is unlikely.

Samsung is currently involved in many patent disputes and it's been trying hard to close those legal tussles by actively signing cross-licensing deals.

It struck a licensing deal with SK hynix in memory chips. It also ended a decade-long dispute with U.S.-based chip designer Rambus.

Apple brought its biggest Korean competitor in courts years ago over Samsung's intentional movement to copy the look and feel of i-devices.

Although courts in Europe and Japan have given mixed rulings for both, a U.S. jury recently ordered Samsung to pay an additional $290 million to Apple for patent infringement, raising its total payment to nearly $900 million.

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