Following last Friday’s jury verdict in the Apple vs Samsung lawsuit favouring on side of Apple, Samsung has issued an internal memo onto one of their public blogs. The Californian jury ruled that the company situated just down the road is owed just over $1 billion by the Korean company. In this latest statement Samsung calls out the American court system for siding with Apple, where other nations have not and that “the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation”.
The full memo is as follows:
“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.”
From here Samsung is expected to appeal the jury’s verdict and even attempt to overturn it completely as it has arisen that the jury may not have done their job in its entirety.
KitGuru says: Samsung is obviously dissatisfied with the Californian jury’s decision.