“Samsung Electronics Co. has doubled mobile-phone sales in the U.S. since 2008. As the company faces anti-dumping measures and a protracted court battle with Apple Inc., its U.S. lobbying bill is growing even faster,” Terje Langeland reports for Bloomberg.

“Samsung boosted spending on lobbyists to $900,000 last year from $150,000 in 2011 as it tries to influence the federal government on issues ranging from intellectual-property infringement to telecommunications infrastructure, regulatory filings show,” Langeland reports. “The company also hired Sony Corp. veteran Joel Wiginton to run a new government-relations office in Washington… ‘Samsung is being sued left and right,’ said R. Polk Wagner, a professor of intellectual-property law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. ‘A major component of their business is smartphones, and this is becoming a very litigious area.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Gee, instead of lobbying, maybe Samsung should just stop stealing other companies’ intellectual property?

Langeland reports, “In August, Apple won the verdict against Samsung from a federal court in San Jose, California… Last year’s court ruling in San Jose may prove to have the same effect on Samsung as tariff threats did for Toyota, according to Amir Anvarzadeh, a manager for Asia equity sales at BGC Partners Inc. in Singapore. Samsung was ‘very close to being banned,’ Anvarzadeh said. ‘That was a wake-up call that, ‘Hey, we need to expand our presence, particularly in Washington, and get some lobbying power.””

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MacDailyNews Take: Why stop copying when you can just up the lobbying?

What a despicable outfit. We’ll never buy a Samsung-branded product of any kind.

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