The Wired Interview with Samsung's Chief Product Officer Kevin Packingham is a good jumping off point for understanding the patent wars between Apple and Android. Steve Jobs famously saw Android as a rip off that he was going to try to squash until he took his last breath. Since Jobs has passed, Apple has continued the fight against Android, mostly suing the hardware companies as a proxy for Google. But the key issue here is design. This exchange from the Packingham interview gets at the core issues:
Wired: It seems most of the patents that Samsung is either licensing to other folks, or using against competitors in patent suits, are related more to technology than design — 3G technologies and other wireless technologies, for example. But what’s used against Samsung most often focuse...
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