Samsung executives ‘reeling in shock’ at trial verdict

Macworld Australia Staff
27 August, 2012
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Samsung executives have been left “reeling in shock” after Apple’s victory in the Apple vs Samsung patent trial at the weekend, according to a report in The Korea Times.

According to the report, Samsung is likely to appeal against the decision in the Californian federal court on Saturday, which saw Apple awarded US$1.05 billion in damages from the Korean company for patent infringements.

“Inside the building, Choi Gee-sung, former Samsung Electronics CEO and now the head of Samsung Group’s corporate strategy division, was holding an emergency meeting attended by Shin Jong-kyun, the company’s mobile devices chief, and Lee Dong-joo, lead marketing official,” The Korea Times said.

Rushing into the Samsung compound in the South Korean capital, Seoul, a senior Samsung executive told The Korea Times: “It’s absolutely the worst scenario for us.”

Samsung’s official statement on Saturday said, “This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims,” but it is nonetheless a major setback for the company in the US and globally.

Samsung’s own counter-action against Apple during the trial also failed to convince the nine-person jury that that Apple infringed upon its own patents.

While the jury’s suggested US1.05 billion in damages fell short of the US$2.75 billion Apple originally sort, judge Lucy Koh is able to alter the amount if she feels the remunerations do not fit the infringement.

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