Samsung’s Designer Denies the Allegations of Copying by Apple

Samsung’s mobile designer has spoken out about Apple’s accusations that the firm has copied its iPhone and iPad designs.

Lee Minhyouk, vice president of design at Samsung Mobile, admitted that he’s not quite on a par with Apple wunderkind Jonathan Ive, but fervently defended his original designs which include the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note.

Samsung Mobile’s vice president for design Lee Minhyouk takes Apple’s charges personally and denies the allegations:

“I’ve made thousands of sketches and hundreds of prototype products (for the Galaxy). Does that mean I was putting on a mock show for so long, pretending to be designing?”

“As a designer, there’s an issue of dignity. (The Galaxy) is original from the beginning, and I’m the one who made it. It’s a totally different product with a different design language and different technology infused.”

Lee admits that he may not be at the level of Apple’s VP for design Jonathan Ive, but believes Samsung “will produce such iconic products one day.”

Sensibility of Apple side

Apple disagrees the perspective of Samsung, of course, with the two companies battling it out in courts around the world over hardware patents.

“I might not be at [Ive’s] level yet,” added Minhyouk. “But I believe Samsung will produce such iconic products one day.

“It’s not just effort that makes it possible for a new product to be a massive hit. It also has to be timely, and technology should be ready to make a certain design a reality.

“I’m confident that one day Samsung will make a product that defines our time, and I hope it’s one of mine.”

Samsung has proven to be the largest Android smartphone manufacturer and one of Apple’s biggest competitors. Samsung is also one of Apple’s biggest suppliers and the manufacturer of Apple’s 3rd Generation iPad’s Retina Display. Apple and Samsung are in an ongoing legal battle over design and patent claims.

Their copyright disputes seem to be continued.. Is this cause a “deadwight loss” between the two firm? Is there a win-win solution for them?

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