Samsung vows to keep fighting Apple in memo to employees

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
In an internal memo sent out to its employees on Monday, Samsung said it was "disappointed" to have been found guilty of patent infringement, but said the company will do its "utmost" to prevail in appeals against Apple.

The memo also states it is "regrettable" that the court's decision "caused concern among our employees, as well as our loyal customers." Apple was awarded $1.05 billion last Friday by a jury that found Samsung had committed patent infringement.

Samsung's statement to employees notes that a final ruling from the judge still remains, along with other "procedures." Among those is the appeals process that Samsung will presumably pursue to reverse the decision.

The company also issued a public statement last week calling the decision a "loss for the American consumer." The company claimed that the decision "will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices."

Apple, meanwhile, said the case was about "much more than patents or money," highlighting the company's "values" as the crux of the dispute.

"At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth," Apple said in a statement. "We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy."

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Samsung's statement to employees on Monday predicted that Apple's litigation could backfire on the company.

"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," the memo reads.

The full Samsung memo to employees, posted to the company's official blog on Monday, is included below:
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.
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  • Reply 1 of 76
    ifij775ifij775 Posts: 470member


    Denial...that always works. *sarcasm*

  • Reply 2 of 76
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member


    Damage control. 


     


    MUST SAVE FACE, and so on. Seen it before . . . .     *yawn*


     


    But really, what else were they gonna say? This is the last scraps of what little honour they have left in front of their employees and the tech industry at large. Though I doubt the average consumer - outside of those in the jury - knows or cares. This wasn't about consumers, anyway. It was, in broad terms, about property rights. 

  • Reply 3 of 76
    jdwjdw Posts: 1,002member
    Samsung's leadership apparently consists of a gang of blithering idiots. They are found with their hands in the copy machine and all they have to say is that Apple lacks innovation? The previous poster is spot on. Samsung is so delusional it's down right scary.
  • Reply 4 of 76
    haarhaar Posts: 563member
    it is actually a we are not losers and we will Continue... business as usual (BTW, Valuable employees, due to the loss you will have the option to work four hours longer or take an equivalent pay cut". LOL
  • Reply 5 of 76
    lilgto64lilgto64 Posts: 1,147member

    Quote:


     The company claimed that the decision "will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices."



     


    Translation:  The company claimed that the decision "will lead to fewer Samsung branded choices, less innovative products from Samsung, and potentially higher prices on Samsung products."


     
  • Reply 6 of 76
    flabberflabber Posts: 100member


    I'm a bit baffled on why Samsung is confusing innovation with copying. There's nothing wrong (in my mind at least) with using ideas of someone else to spark your own innovation, and even using a similar material (like glass on the back, rounded corners or whatever) to a degree. But when your products are starting to look like 1-on-1 copies (just look at the charger's connector and shape for example), it's not simply using and adjusting someone else's ideas to fit your own innovation, but it's plain copying.


     


    It's either very arrogant or ignorant of Samsung, and I'm quite happy that they lost. I think they do have great products for consumers (I love their TV's for example), but the Asian market in general has a very high "you do things right so I'll do the same" viewpoint on things. To even state that it will stiffle innovation is a clear sign to me that they have no idea what they're talking about. Nokia's Lumia phone is, although not my personal taste, a great and different looking phone… there are plenty of ways to design/create a unique phone, as long as you put the effort and research in it to come to an end result in your own way.


     


    Bah, I really dislike arrogant and/or ignorant companies who cry and call companies mean when they've been found out.

  • Reply 7 of 76
    trblzrtrblzr Posts: 10member


    Samsung's 'pursuit of innovation' method is to go after (pursue) and copy Apple's innovation.

  • Reply 8 of 76


    Samsung just view innovation differently:  copy the market leader then add a bigger screen;  copy the market leader then add a pen; copy the market leader then make it cheaper.

  • Reply 9 of 76
    bobbycbobbyc Posts: 11member


    They are innovative copiers.  Bazinga.

  • Reply 10 of 76
    jkichlinejkichline Posts: 1,355member


    It seems to me that Apple has actually followed the standard means of patenting their innovations and the American people (represented by the jury) has made their voice heard. This ruling has upheld patent law and has not abused it like other corporations extorting companies with their FRAND encumbered patents, or double dipping both the makers of 3G chipsets and Apple.


     


    Dear Samsung, we don't want your innovation, because frankly.... you don't have any.  You only have over-confident lies that you hope will one day become truth if you repeat it long enough.

  • Reply 11 of 76
    auxioauxio Posts: 2,389member



    Quote:


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


    Indeed.  And let's not gloss over the fact that the whole patent system (and related litigation) is only necessary because of those who choose to imitate rather than innovate.

  • Reply 12 of 76
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member


    Samsung is losing face and they don't know how to cope with it.

  • Reply 13 of 76
    This is off topic. Is anyone else having trouble browsing the mobile version of this site on iOS?

    Recently it just displays a blank page when you click on a post.

    I'm union iPhone 4S, iOS 5x, mobile safari.
  • Reply 14 of 76
    Samsung keeps using the word "innovation", right after being found guilty of copying other companies' products. I think that word doesn't mean what they think it does.
  • Reply 15 of 76


    I dont understand.  Apple said it had discussion with Samscum etc. Now, Samscum is telling IT had discussions with Apple.  


    Is Samscum spraying scum on their employees?  


    Samsung is shit.  

  • Reply 16 of 76


    And, Samscum... you should clearly know the difference between INNOVATION and RIPPING OFF, you bastards!

  • Reply 17 of 76


    Yes having trouble with Mobile IOS viewing like KrisKalu

     

  • Reply 18 of 76
    maccadmaccad Posts: 87member
    If Samsung were an employee of Apple or any other company, they would have been fired by now for stealing. I hope Apple stops doing business with them. They don't need them. It would leave Samsung free to impress us with their innovation.
  • Reply 19 of 76


    Samsung's management is really a joke.   I don't think they can survive without heavy government subsidies.

     

  • Reply 20 of 76
    jkichlinejkichline Posts: 1,355member


    Yes. All I get is a blank screen.

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