Samsung brought up two company executives and three Google engineers recently to further prove its case of non-infringement of the five Apple patents. Re/code has reported that senior UI designer from Samsung, Executive Youngmi Kim, denied that the company’s software was borrowed from Apple’s designs. Kim was asked if Samsung stole the ‘slide-to-unlock’ feature from Apple, with what Kim responded:
Absolutely not. If we were to work on the same thing as Apple, that would not give us any advantage in terms of differentiating our products, so that would not make any sense.
I think people knew Samsung for televisions. But in terms of smartphones, there was no recognition for what our product was or what it stood for.
Beating Apple is no longer merely an objective. It is our survival strategy. There will be a tsunami when iPhone 5 is coming.
Lastly, Google engineers were called by Samsung to testify that some features seen in its phones, like data syncing, are main functions of the Android operating system. This is not the first time Google was asked to prove certain features alleged to infringe on Apple’s patents.