Samsung to take "all necessary measures" to avoid injunctions, has some software workarounds readyAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Yesterday we learned exactly which Samsung smartphones that Apple intends to try and ban following its victory in a California trial between the two companies. Included in that list are several of Samsung's Galaxy S II smartphones, like the Skyrocket and Epic 4G Touch. Today Samsung issued a brief response to Apple's filing, saying that it "will take all necessary measures" to ensure that its devices remain available in the U.S, with a spokesperson for the firm explaining that its options include stopping the injunction, appealing it or altering its products. According to a source speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is already prepping for the third option, as it's reportedly in talks with carriers about changing or completely removing the offending features on its devices if Apple's injunctions are granted. Samsung says that it currently has workarounds for two of Apple's software patents.
Even though the products that Apple is aiming to hit with injunctions aren't Samsung's latest and greatest models, I'm sure that Samsung still wouldn't be terribly pleased if any of the eight devices involved were banned. Of course, as The Verge notes, several of the phones involved were also found to have violated Apple's design patents. That's something that Samsung can't change with a software workaround, so some devices could face a ban even if an update is released. We'll have to wait and see how things play out in the injunction hearing, which is scheduled to go down on September 20.