Samsung posts memo to employees, vows to keep fighting Apple

By , Aug 27, 2012

And the fallout from last week’s Apple vs. Samsung verdict continues. Apple’s stock opened this morning at an all-time high of $680 per share, with a market cap of $637 billion, and Samsung is down more than 7%.

But the Korean smartphone-maker says it isn’t worried. After releasing a public statement over the weekend, Samsung posted a memo to its employees online vowing to continue to fight Apple’s charges…

“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.”

It’s interesting that Samsung says that it “initially proposed to negotiate” with Apple, as that’s exactly what Tim Cook said. Both sides did meet several times over the course of the trial in an attempt to reach a settlement, but obviously neither company was willing to budge enough on their demands to make it happen.

Samsung’s also correct in saying that this US-based ruling starkly contrasts those in other countries. Just last month, a UK judge ruled that not only was Samsung not guilty of infringement, but ordered Apple to publish an advert on its website and in several newspapers stating that Samsung did not copy the iPad.

But all it takes is one look at the evidence to see that Samsung used Apple’s products for inspiration. The question is, at what point does it go from inspiration to outright copying, and what should the penalty be for that. So far it’s $1 billion dollars, but the battle is far from over.

What do you think of Samsung’s statement?

[Samsung]

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  • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

    yeah right what kind on “negotiations” did they have

    • @dongiuj

      Probably childish ones. I’m talking about from both parties.

  • air naji

    so lame.. they are never gonna stop copying.

    • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

      pathetic Apple freak. It was fine for Apple to steal ideas from other companies when software patents barely existed, now it is not okay if a company gets an idea from Apple.

      • http://twitter.com/nAcolz Acolz

        They werre first to patent stuff, they get to have special rights for that stuff. Samsung could’ve patented his sh*t before, it’s their fault

      • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

        But they patent stuff that takes very little to think. Like “Slide to Unlock”. I am a programmer. I can make that code in less than an hour. Heck probably less than 30 minutes. And then using those little details, they decide to sue big companies.

      • http://twitter.com/nAcolz Acolz

        So what that you can do it in 30 minutes, think of something new, create it and patent it.

      • air naji

        Stop acting sensitive coder goof is that you in the picture with the Samsung shirt ? I love when people act like they don’t use a total clone phone then claim apple copies . Why didn’t you respond to that ?

      • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

        I love when people are ignorant and don’t see what Apple copies.

      • air naji

        You still haven’t given any examples though. Why don’t you take your Samsung phone, put it in your pocket, and jump off a building. Let me know how that goes if you can.

      • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

        Actually that’s the irony. Me and our family own two iPod Touch’s(32, 8), two iPod Nano’s, three iPhones(3Gs, 3Gs, 4s). So Samsung hot nothing to this.

        Tell me one thing. Doesn’t this patent trial remind you of Hollywood. Funny, but let me tell you why. Apple, a big company, makes the most profits from all of them, their conferences being sold out in two hours, sells millions of iPhones in a week. Trying to stifle competitors.
        Now hollywood, from all the businesses here in America, makes most money. Releases a movie, makes hundreds of millions in a week. Still complains about lost profits.

        Greediness is pretty terrible as you can see.

      • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

        whoever keeps on disliking my comments really got a stick up their ass right now.

      • Liu Zhenyu

        Better than a phablet up ur vag fandroid

    • http://www.youtube.com/Tr1pTr0p Tr1pTr0p

      Even with all the “copying” they did, the end results were positive FOR US, no matter how you look at it. It gave us (consumers) another option, and influenced Apple to improve. I really, really don’t see how anyone can consider that to be a bad thing. But instead, everyone is acting like hypocrites, and fighting against, what in turn, made devices they use from day to day, better. Just look at the 3GS and how pathetic it was compared to what others offered back then. Competition is the reason why jump to the iPhone 4 was so big. Retina display, 720p video camera, FaceTime, A4… The same goes for the jump from iPad 2 to iPad 3, compared to the first iPad to iPad 2.
      Again, competition is good. Embrace it.

      • air naji

        Yea but competition & cloning are 2 different things.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sydney.liu.161 Sydney Liu

        Yeap.

      • http://www.youtube.com/Tr1pTr0p Tr1pTr0p

        Cloning is what Meizu does, not Samsung.

      • air naji

        Lol hey I’m not saying the phones don’t look cool .. Even that meizu phone looks cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shingo.hoshino Shingo Hoshino

    what is the samsung market on SSUN or XLON?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sydney.liu.161 Sydney Liu

    Keep in mind that the evidence presented may or may not be the same in UK courts or courts in other countries. Each country’s patent examining standards is also different. For example: Just because I won a beauty pageant competition in Korea does not entitle me to claim Ms USA title. I still have to prove my beauty & talent f i.e earn it in the country where I wish to compete in. Same goes for patents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keith-Wilson/100000592569208 Keith Wilson

    …..Where not gon-na take it!>:[ lol

  • seyss

    Of course they’re not worried.. they’ve been copying the iPhone since 2007 and only 5 years later they got convicted. This 1bn dollar “fee” is nothing compared to all the money they made using other company’s IP.

    • SoCoMagNuM

      they didnt sell a phone call it iPhone so how did they use apples intellectual property? the phones dont operate like an iphone. their shaped different, work different, different parts? yes they used some ideas…its not an outright copy. an outright copy would be like HiPhones made in china. those looks and worked EXACTLY like iPhones to the T (search Cect 168++ or HiPhone on youtube for example). only difference was it didnt work with itunes and had to use third party software. it also supported dual sim support for using 2 numbers on same phone (for international use or even personal/business use)

      this whole argument is stupid and you know it

  • SoCoMagNuM

    what you find see an iphone copycat? search for the Cect 168 aka HiPhone on youtube /watch?v=snxwd9I13XM

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000254498753 Mark Seah

    iDB…try to be neutral in this case….you are pro-apple for the sake of it

  • http://www.facebook.com/yuvraj.wadhwani Yuvraj Wadhwani

    is it just me or the store in the picture looks inspired from an Apple store?