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Samsung’s mobile chief says there can be no iPhone without Samsung’s protected technology

Published Nov 21st, 2012 3:10PM EST
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Samsung (005930) and Apple (AAPL) have a rather unique relationship. The South Korean company supplies a number of components for the iPhone, making the two business partners. At the same time however, they are bitter rivals fighting over mobile market share and patents. Earlier this year, a court found that Samsung had infringed Apple’s protected technology, although the company appealed the ruling and remains confident that it will prevail — largely because it thinks Apple is clearly infringing upon its own technology

“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, according to The Korea Times. “As you know, Samsung is very strong in terms of portfolios of wireless patents.”

The executive’s remarks come following a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission to review an earlier ruling that Apple didn’t infringe four of Samsung’s patents. The agency is expected to make a decision by January and if it rules in Samsung’s favor, the company would be able to ban sales of Apple’s iPad and iPhone in the U.S.

“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,” Shin said.

A company spokesperson later confirmed Shin’s comments, noting that Samsung’s legal team is “effectively responding to this fight” and that “a new trial for the case is a possibility.”

Dan joins the BGR team as the Android Editor, covering all things relating to Google’s premiere operating system. His work has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t testing the latest devices or apps, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.

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