Late this afternoon, the jury handed down a verdict in the US-based Apple vs Samsung trial. Samsung was found guilty of willfully infringing on several of Apple’s patents, and will be forced to pay major damages.

Both companies have since released statements on the ruling. Apple, of course, is thrilled with the outcome, while Samsung says that it’s a loss for the American consumer. And now, here’s Tim Cook’s response…

9to5Mac has an internal email sent from Cook to Apple corporate employees:

“Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere.

Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than we knew.

The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.

I am very proud of the work that each of you do.

Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.


It’s been a pretty big day for Cook, who is also celebrating his one-year anniversary as Apple’s CEO. No doubt, being able to put this behind him, whether Samsung appeals or not, is a huge weight off his shoulders.

What do you think of Tim’s response?

  • finally android devices were getting the reach of so many diffrent people irrespective of their economic its just monopoly of apple i guess…expensive hardware and no care for the consumers…haha what a decesion the jury made….

    • I don’t think Apple has a monopoly at all. Don’t forget that google purchased Motorola Mobility and we’ve yet to see the great product they’ll produce. Samsung was ordered to stop making phones, they were found to have been infringing on patents. And it wasn’t even their entire line of android phones. There are more androids in consumers hands than iPhones, android still has the numbers. I personally, am looking forward to my new shiny iPhone 5 or whatever they’re gonna call it.

      • I meant “Samsung wasn’t.”

      • There’s an edit button next to the likes and dislikes and Reply/Share button. – NOT TRYING TO TROLL.

      • LOL, I was posting from my phone and for whatever reason whenever I’m posting from the phone it won’t let me use the edit feature. It’ll pop up like it’s gonna let me edit but then the words won’t delete or backspace or anything. But thanks for looking out!

      • Oh, that’s weird.

    • no…. i think it will spur innovation :)……samsung will have to do it right to stay in the game…..this could be a great time for the other smartphone makers out there.

  • I believe Samsung deserved it, now that apple has proved there point I hope they stop for a while and leave Samsung alone. I hope Samsung rethinks there approach and makes there products more unique. This wasn’t about the money apple has 102$ billion dollars Apple wanted to prove a point. Samsung will recover there money pretty fast, especially since they manufacture the A5X chip that’s most likely going to be in the next generation device

  • WallabyBill

    Tim’s response was right on the mark. I completely agree that this is a victory for values, and as a shareholder, I certainly hope that many of Apple’s less than forthright competitors get the message.

  • Where the fuck are all the fandroids? Funny thing is, in the past the fandroids on here would defend Samsung. Fuck, you guys are pathetic.
    Need more evidence of Samsung slavishly copying Apple? derp…
    Go ahead and dislike me you fuckdroids.

    • they wont let me post!!!

    • Manuel Molina

      Really? It’s like you own Apple and have a war against them yourself. In the end, this was money wasted on a trail that could gone to “inventing” better products. Both companies should shut up, put their resources together and help one another a lot more.

      It seems like Apple needs Samsung as well as Samsung needs Apple and the reason why they still do business together.

      • Samsung’s manufacturing business is completely separate to its mobile business. This was shown during the court proceedings when a Samsung executive stated that he was disappointed that they were supplying competitors with their technology (Samsung’s Manufacturing business). The evidence to all of this is like back 15-20 pages on iDB (I’m not going to search for it just to prove you wrong).

        “this was money wasted on a trail that could gone to “inventing” better products.” – The money wasted on this trial is/was like a parking ticket for both companies. This trial wasn’t about money for Apple, clearly they don’t need it.

        “Both companies should shut up, put their resources together and help one another a lot more.” – I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t like to work together with some who shamelessly rips my work.

        “It seems like Apple needs Samsung as well as Samsung needs Apple and the reason why they still do business together.” – Apple doesn’t need Samsung, they’re starting to rely more and more on Foxcon and Sharp and various other chip suppliers.

        Samsung needs Apple, that’s a fact. Apple is Samsung’s largest consumer. What would happen to Samsung if they were to be dropped right now?

      • Manuel Molina

        You really have to much time on your hands bro.

        And both companies need each other. Who is going to give them that 4 billion for the chip shop? Microsoft?

      • I don’t see how saying that Samsung is going to invest $4b in their own manufacturing plant is an argument. o.0?

      • Manuel Molina

        Why is Apple accepting an investment from Samsung and why is Samsung investing in the first place? Both companies need one another. That’s the point to the debate, not argument.

      • Samsung is technically putting $4B in their own manufacturing plant, where they build parts for Apple & other customers

      • Thank you!…

      • Apple is not accepting anything at all, it has no choice if Samsung does or does not invest in it’s own manufacturing plant. I’m calling it now, in a few years time, Samsung will be a minor supplier of Apple parts, or won’t be at all.

    • Geeks on Hugs

      Fuckity fuck fuck derp. calm down bro. your not Apple. your still poor and that lady is waiting on her pedicure. relax and get back to work.

      • Reading this juvenile delinquent post burns my eyes. You’re* for fuck sakes. If you can’t get one of the basic fundamentals of the English language then go fuck yourself bruh.

  • Why have a forum if you only allow apple supporters to post?

    • look up on steve jobs interview on you tube..
      Steve Jobs: Good artists copy great artists steal

      • What steve probably meant was, how artists copy other artists techniques for creating amazing art works. NOT copying the actual painitng it self. This argument is overused, honestly…

      • thank you!…..

      • Melvco

        I can assure you we have no filter for blocking Android fans =)
        We love debates and good conversation here — so long as it stays respectful.

    • We don’t block anyone unless you’re being very rude or offensive

  • AmazingBJW

    I think in the end Apple was always going to win. They had a stronger case than Samsung and it’s clear that Samsung infringed on some of their patents however I do think Apple need to understand that there can be more than one smartphone manufacturer and OS than just the iPhone and iOS. Their OS updates need to become more revolutionary than “evolutionary”. iOS 6 just didn’t really have anything that was new to a phone.

    I gotta say I love the iPhone but it’s becoming a little boring. I’m almost thinking of switching to a Galaxy Nexus as my daily driver because I do have one in possession. Jelly Bean really brings it up to the speed and fluidity of iOS.

    I understand that a lot of people are gonna disagree with me but remember this is just my opinion, I’m not trying to start World War 3.

    • And to revolutionize you have to get the highest market share possible. Granting you with enough resources to keep up the research flowing. That said, they have to squach the competitors who steals their research and advancement for free.

      • Greg Hesp

        “And to revolutionize you have to get the highest market share possible.”

        What a BS statement that is.. Google revolutionised the search engine and it had basically no market share when it was launched.

    • Manuel Molina

      Nope, your right – iOS 6 was boring to be real, and I agree with your post.

      Don’t worry, there are some logical readers on here than the brainless appletards who dislike anyone who says truth or something that isn’t blowing Apple dry.

      • Apple is trying to make the simplest UI (user interface) possible across all there devices. They succeeded. The iOS across any device is pick-up and play ready. Do you honestly think kids as little as 5 are ready for Android’s complex, deeeeepp customization and widgets? No, that’s why you are starting to see iOS/Apple devices getting integrated in to schools all across the world.
        My high school is already implementing iPads for students starting at year 7 (first year of secondary education for Australians).

        If iOS/6 is boring for you, join the rest of us, the jailbreak community (we’ve got cookies), and/or follow jeff on youtube @myjailbreakmovies.

      • Manuel Molina

        Don’t know what kids you know because Andriod is pretty simple. And iPads being used in schools because there is more apps than Andriod. Simple.

        I’m staying on 5.1.1 with my jailbreak. I’m not moving to 6.0 just for maps when every “new feature” is seen in Cydia. iOS 6 is boring, and 5 might have been their best upgrade, and even that makes me say “I won’t have an iPhone without a JB.” At least Andriod puts things in the box from the get, while the awesome iOS makes us still need to jailbreak to give us basic features that phones already have (SB settings for example). Not a fan boy to either — just speaking the truth.

      • Let’s just put it this way, we don’t have to be computer scientists to use iOS.

      • Manuel Molina

        iPhones and Andrioid are smartphone, and if you can’t use it, don’t. I see 5 year olds use both, so you’re point isn’t holding weight to your personal preference. Let’s see the 5 year old have problems clicking on an app to use it on either phone – won’t happen.

      • Let’s see a five year-old try to configure widgets for Facebook.

      • Manuel Molina

        And a 5 year old would have a Facebook account because? If they did, why would they need a widget when they click on the app? You’re failing at this point over here – curious if you work since you have nothing better to do than comment on a blog; job?

      • I’m 17, and it’s 1am where I’m at. I use this blog to test my argumentive and persuasive skills that I learn from school to use.

        My point is iOS is simpler. I have an iPhone 4S and a Samsung S3.

  • Stealing an idea is different from stealing Intellectual Property. For example, you’re going to paint something incredible and sell it. – The ideas behind this painting are, how you paint it, what brush stokes you use and the way you mix your paint. THOSE ARE IDEAS.
    I’m going to paint the eaxct same thing and put my logo on it and sell it. – THIS IS STEALING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

  • Lolling at the part where he says they chose legal action reluctantly…what complete BS. Apple sued to stifle competition and keep profits as high as possible. You don’t see apple suing the makers of any other phones that violate their patents. Why? Because they don’t come close to moving as many phones as Apple does. Samsung did, and therefore Apple sued in an attempt to remove the competition. Disgusting. Apple acts like a spoiled child…

    And now, let the “phandroid” accusations begin, despite the fact that I am a fanboy of neither apple or android, and am simply speaking the truth.

    • WRONG! You’re so WRONNG! Apple actually was reluctant. They licensed the exact same patents from this trial to Microsoft! Apple found that Samsung was infringing on their patents, and gave them the choice to license it. Samsung said NO. Therefore your entire argument is invalid. (Evidence of this licensing deal with Microsoft is in another iDB article a couple weeks back).

      • Actually no, my arguement is not invalid. I never said Samsung didn’t infringe on apple’s patents. In fact, I said that many phone makers did, but only Samsung got sued. Because Samsung was the only only who was actually competing in terms of sales. Apple devices infringe on other companies’ patents, but you don’t see huge lawsuits over that. Why? Because other companies actually compete, rather than sue every company that makes a competing product.

      • “You don’t see apple suing the makers of any other phones that violate their patents”, “but only Samsung got sued” – I do actually.
        Apple vs Google.
        Apple vs HTC.
        Apple vs Nokia.
        Apple does sue and/or counter-sue other companies besides Samsung.
        “Apple devices infringe on other companies’ patents, but you don’t see huge lawsuits over that.”
        Motorola backed by Google is filing their second ITC suit. – It’s not as big because Motorola believes Apple ONLY breached seven of its patents related to location-based reminders. Whilst Samsung shamelessly infringed whopping amounts of Apple’s patents. – That’s why the suit is bigger.

      • I was going to prove him invalid. But u did it so good.

      • Thanks Luis! 🙂

      • You fanboys make me sick. You have a rediculous devotion to a company that adds features to its phones that it wants, not that consumers want. Apple is easily one the most evil, disgusting, vile companies that has ever existed. And the Apple vs. HTC and Nokia cases weren’t as big a deal or as well known because…and here’s the kicker…THOSE COMPANIES DIDNT COMPETE AS WELL AS SAMSUNG DID. Apple’s strategy is simple….copy features from Android and sue when they do the same thing to us.

      • Now let me make you look like an idiot.

        “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” – Henry Ford.

      • That’s a funny response, considering all of Apple’s latest “innovations” are copied directly from android. All you’re doing is making yourself look like an obsessed jackass.

      • GUYS, CAREFUL! We have a badass over here.

      • alvarezaraya

        And your argument was…?

    • you’re spurting out half truths and info with no backing…

  • Esteban Rodz

    The first smartphone

    The first smartphone was designed by IBM in 1992 and was called Simon. Was shown as a concept product that year at COMDEX expo. He was released to the public in 1993 and marketed by BellSouth. Apart from being a mobile phone, it contained calendar, address book, world clock, calculator, address book entries, email, send and receive FAX and included games. I had no physical buttons to dial. In place using a touch screen to select the contacts or the finger to create facsimiles and memos with an optional stylus. The text was entered with a keypad included in the predictive display. By the standards of today, the Simon away from a serious low-end phone.The Nokia 9000, released in 1996, was listed as a communicator, but it was arguably the first in a line of smartphones. The Ericsson R380 was sold as a “smartphone”, but I could not run native applications of third parties. While the Nokia 9210 was arguably the first smart phone operating system, Nokia continued as referring to the communicator.While the Nokia 7650 (announced in 2001) was referred to as a “smart phone” in the media and is now called “smartphone” on the Nokia support site, the press called it a phone for the photo field. The term gain credentials in 2002 when Microsoft announced its mobile operating system, then known as “Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone 2002.”More than 1000 million cell phones with camera will be sold in 2008. Smartphones with full support for e-mail represents about 10 to 100 million units.Usability News The main factor for the phone users to choose a new mobile phone is its ease of use.Beta News If the global economic downturn can be credited with a positive result, it is the realization of the cellular tech giants that they can no longer afford this struggle.Market Wire 555 million subscriptions to GSM Technologies in America at the end of first quarter 2009ZDNet Taiwan-based Acer launched a series of smart phones for the Asia-Pacific region, yesterday, to bridge the gap between its popular netbook business and handheld company. Managers said Acer was banking on her experience as a leading brand computer to get a share of the ever-crowded smartphone market ….the real first mind ,the real truth.

    • What does this have anything to do with this particular Article?

      • Steve

        Why should Samsung benefit by blatantly copying apples research and hard work. Apple wants to keep its quality products and not have them watered down into some glitchy second rate produc. And apple has now shown that the companies that copy cannot hide behind their big so called names. Well done apple, shame on you Samsung!

  • Esteban Rodz

    Microsoft Tablet PC is a term coined by Microsoft for tablet computers conforming to a set of specifications announced in 2001 by Microsoft, for a pen-enabledpersonal computer, conforming to hardware specifications devised by Microsoft and running a licensed copy of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system or a derivative thereof.[1]Hundreds of such tablet personal computers have come onto the market since then.[2]


  • Hugo Oskarsson

    They should have another trial in Korea LOL…

  • This whole patent bullshit is just disgusting… I hope they all burn in hell.

  • Greg Hesp

    I will never understand how a patent for “A rectangle with rounded corners” got passed as a patent and then was infringed upon, when Samsung’s real world technology patents were clearly infringed on as a valid patent but then Apple were not infringing it?! It clearly shows that the whole patent system is a mess – you can patent a shape and sue for it, but develop some new technology but you can’t win any cases with it. Go figure

  • Geeks on Hugs

    And OJ Simpson never killed anybody.

  • Esteban Rodz

    Ten years ago Microsoft released its Tablet PC, with Bill Gate saying “within five years I predict it will be the most popular form of PC sold in America.” Things didn’t work out that way — the Tablet PC died, and the iPad eventually took the world by storm. What went wrong?Gates showed off a prototype of Microsoft’s Tablet PC at the COMDEX Fall 2001 computer show in Los Vegas. Manufacturers including Acer, Compaq, Fujitsu, and Toshiba said they would release Tablet PCs in the second half of 2002.Here’s how a Microsoft press release described the Tablet PC:The size of a legal notepad and half the weight of most of today’s laptop PCs, the Tablet PC is a full-powered, full-featured PC that runs Windows XP and combines the power of desktop computing with the flexibility and portability of a pen and paper notepad.It was touted to run Autodesk’s CAD software, versions of Microsoft Office, and Groove, collaboration software which Microsoft bought from Ray Ozzie, the creator of Lotus Notes. The press release also noted that in his presentation, Gates:emphasized that because it runs Windows XP, the Tablet PC is a fully-fledged, secure Microsoft .NET client machine that natively supports the .NET Framework.All that tells you all you need to know about why the Tablet PC died. Rather than envision what people would really want to do with a tablet and then design the hardware for that, Microsoft instead force-fit Windows XP onto it. Windows XP was a great desktop operating system, but it was bloated overkill for a tablet.Microsoft also decided that people would want to do the exact same things with a Tablet PC as they would with a desktop or a laptop. Here’s what Gates said at the announcement:”The Tablet takes cutting-edge PC technology and makes it available wherever you want it, which is why I’m already using a Tablet as my everyday computer. It’s a PC that is virtually without limits — and within five years I predict it will be the most popular form of PC sold in America.”Because Microsoft envisioned it as a full-fledged PC and equipped it accordingly, it was expensive — typically $2,000 or more. Despite that price tag, it couldn’t really replace a desktop or laptop. It only found use in niche markets.There were other problems as well. As TabTimes notes, the heavy use of a stylus was also a mistake.Steve Jobs recognized that the tablet should be a consumer device and not a replacement for a desktop or laptop PC. He saw that it would require a different operating system, one designed for tablets, not traditional computers.Will Microsoft learn from its mistakes when it releases tablets based on Windows 8? It’s not quite clear yet. The Windows 8 metro interface is well-suited for tablets, although the Windows 8 Desktop isn’t. If Windows 8 tablets are essentially hybrid tablet-PCs, it’s unlikely they’ll succeed.

    • TL:DR, If it has a stylus, you’re doing it wrong.

  • Lets see how hot iPhones are without 3g radios once Google/Moto slams them for infringing on Motorola’s patents. Apple has put a nail in there own coffin. An i carry iOS and Android devices daily. Consumers lose in the end!

    Apple has become the bully company they originally started up to fight. SAD!

    • alvarezaraya

      Now THAT 3G patent is really invalid. You can just patent standards!

  • I’m glad Samsung lost….

  • Samsung is a copycat!

  • @seb481:disqus Long time no hear from Bass! I see the blog is doing well; glad to see it doing so. I’m bookmarking this post for the comments section alone! 😀 Btw, @twitter-369569527:disqus what country are you residing in?

  • apple is just jealous of samsung and androids apple is like a locked box

  • Henri Parmentier

    As strange as it may seen, Samsung won here..

    In a jury trial the accused have the right to an unbiased jury, this is why no family or relatives of a suspect or victim can be in the jury.
    In this case here, this was clearly not possible so this trial should never have been held with a jury.
    Samsung had no way to win this case, but now they will since it will be declared a miss-trial .. watch my words

  • Anthony Tanas