Samsung vows to keep fighting, calls U.S. verdict ‘regrettable’

On Friday, August 24, 2012, the jury verdict in Samsung’s trial against Apple was announced at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The following is an internal memo that reflects Samsung’s position regarding the verdict:

We initially proposed to negotiate with Apple instead of going to court, as they had been one of our most important customers. However, Apple pressed on with a lawsuit, and we have had little choice but to counter-sue, so that we can protect our company.

Certainly, we are very disappointed by the verdict at the US District Court for the Northern District of California (NDCA), and it is regrettable that the verdict has caused concern amongst our employees, as well as our loyal customers.

However, the judge’s final ruling remains, along with a number of other procedures. We will continue to do our utmost until our arguments have been accepted.

The NDCA verdict starkly contrasts decisions made by courts in a number of other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea, which have previously ruled that we did not copy Apple’s designs. These courts also recognized our arguments concerning our standards patents.

History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth, when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation.

We trust that the consumers and the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation, and we will prove this beyond doubt.

Source: Samsung Electronics Official Global Blog

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, thermonuclear crater, consumers and the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation.

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33 Comments

      1. The more so Samsung lies about Apple “pressing the lawsuit”. Steven Jobs himself — with all of his thermonuclear temper — was withholding lawsuit for about year: from spring 2010 to spring 2011, and tried to directly negotiate himself with Samsung more than one time.

  1. >We initially proposed to negotiate with Apple instead of going to court, as they had been one of our most important customers. However, Apple pressed on with a lawsuit, and we have had little choice but to counter-sue, so that we can protect our company.<

    Say what? I thought Jobs tried to settle out of court with them. Now it was their idea?

  2. Samsung didn’t “initially propose to negotiate.” Don’t be fooled peeps. Also, Samsung wasn’t trying to negotiate but rather force Apple to accept their terms and then continue copying. Apple saw that Samsung was ripping them off just as Google did.

    Samsung says, “History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth, when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation.” If Samsung, and others weren’t stealing Apple’s work, Apple wouldn’t be aggressively seeking patents for their own creations! Besides, Apple HAS won the hearts of minds of most of the world, except downtown Korea perhaps.

    Samsung still wants to undo the patent system with this announcement. Without the laws, they would be busy copying everything they can and flooding the market with Samsung junk. The fact is they don’t and would rather soften the laws so they can continue copying and stealing.

  3. This is probably the stupidest thing Samsung could choose to do: not by appealing the verdict, but by acting as if they did nothing wrong. If this is the result of the ‘helpful’ legal advice they’ve been getting from Google, then they deserve what they will get. This will play right into Apple’s hands when the hearing for requesting a ban on Samsung’s products finally arrives.

  4. regrettable

    like the choice Samsung made to copy

    they could have chosen to pay for the license or innovate instead

    you make your choice and live with the (regrettable) consequences

    1. Luckily for me, I’ve gotten by fine without a TV of any kind for the past four years so I haven’t been in danger of getting a Samsung one in ages, but I recently had to buy a new refrigerator and, lo and behold, the first choice the salesperson at the store recommended me was indeed a Sammy. I quickly told him that it was out of the question and thankfully he didn’t press the issue further, lol. I may have gone into a bit of a rant otherwise =D

  5. “We trust that the consumers and the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation, and we will prove this beyond doubt.”

    The funny thing with this Orwellian corporate double-speak is that the public knows Apple is an innovator. That’s their whole “thing”. Steve Jobs, reinventing industries, innovative industrial design, making the whole widget, etc.

    This kind of talk from Samsung will get the googlegeeks and fandroids all hot an bothered, but the general public will see through it all.

  6. Just goes to show how deluded the ivory tower inhabitants are at SameDung. I’m a Korean-American and I find Samsung to be a despicable company that is only where it is because of its cozy and corrupt relationship with South Korea’s dictatorship governments of the 60’s through the 80’s. By the 90’s when real democracy had set in, it was too late. Samsung had entrenched itself and spread its slimy tentacles all over the Korean government, politics, economy, culture and society.

    Samsung and other chaebol conglomerates in Korea were mainly propped up by heavy government subsidies during the dictatorial presidency of Park Chung-Hee (assassinated in 1978). They bribed and cheated their way to the top through exploitation of cheap Korean labor and then stealing key Japanese technologies. There’s really nothing very admirable about the histories of these corrupt conglomerates that more resemble Mafia families.

    I love Korea but the way these sprawling conglomerates dominate every aspect of the country is repulsive and very sad. More Americans need to know about Samsung. Just do a Google/Wikipedia search on Lee Kun-Hee – the CEO/Chairman of the Samsung Group and the youngest son of the founder. That explains it all.

    And it was only months ago that Lee and his siblings got in an ugly public spat fighting over their father’s inheritance – some $600 million or so. They were calling each other thieves and all kinds of other nasty names and Lee clenched his teeth in a TV interview and said that his brother won’t be getting a penny from him. The Korean public got so disgusted that Lee had to make a public apology. That’s Samsung for ya.

  7. I would almost guarantee this is Samsung’s American lawyers pushing for the appeal. More money to them and the their buddies on the Apple side. If the law was set up that lawyers get absolutely nothing if they lose a case and had to cover all legal fees of winning side, there would be no appeal. Justice is finally decided and they get to appeal? This was not decided on summary judgement by a judge but by a jury.

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