A Samsung executive has suggested that the legal battle between Samsung and Apple is damaging innovation.

All Things D's Kara Swisher was interviewing Samsung executive vice president David Eun at the D:Dive Into Media 2013 conference. When she asked him about the legal struggle between the two companies, Eun commented that it was "a loss" for innovation.

While Eun didn't say much on the matter, it was clear from his body language that was "less than thrilled that the legal struggles are ongoing", writes Engadget.

Eun heads up Samsung's Open Innovation Center in Silicon Valley. Apple Insider elaborates further on this project. The Open Innovation Center has an accelerator branch that grants small startup teams access to the firm's plans, an M&A team to scout up-and-coming talent, a venture arm to make small investments in the 'next big things', and a partnerships team for all other startups.

Discussing the initiative, Eun said: "We’re focusing on investing in early stage companies and developing partnerships with them that can help us enhance the user experience of our customers."

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