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Samsung files lawsuits in three countries, citing 10 patent violations

Earlier this week, we reported that Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung for copying certain design aspects of its popular iPhone. "Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products," Apple claimed in the lawsuit.

Unfazed by Apple's lawsuit, Samsung responded that Apple was in fact infringing on some of its patents, adding, "Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property." 

Samsung is now backing up those words with some legal action of its own. The company has filed lawsuits in South Korea, Japan, and Germany citing ten cases of patent infringement by Apple.

Samsung added that this legal action will "ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business."

According to Reuters, Samsung claims that Apple is violating its patents related to "power reduction during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and wireless data communication technology."

Apple and Samsung are close business partners, and Apple is currently Samsung's second largest customer. Thanks to strong sales of the iPad and iPhone, Reuters expects Apple to become Samsung's largest customer during 2011.

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RE: Samsung's MO
By nstott on 4/22/2011 2:13:04 PM , Rating: 5
Before Samsung, I worked for Cabot Corporation, a company that few have heard of while at the same time using many of their products everyday in the products of companies that you have heard of, whether it be Cabot carbon black in HP inks or fumed silica binders in pharmaceuticals. Cabot has a zero-tolerance code of corporate ethics. If one is caught violating the law; environmental, occupational safety, and IP laws in particular; they will be canned; no ifs, ands, or buts. It doesn’t matter to them how high your rank is in the company or if you graduated from a top-tier institution: you’re gone if you violate the law. Even if you don’t get caught on the outside, you will be fired and turned over to law enforcement authorities if you are caught on the inside. Zero.Tolerance.Period.

What I described about Samsung is common throughout Korea. They are very aggressive and engage in what I term “toxic competition.” It’s a culture that has developed in part by a large number of people living on a small piece of land with limited resources. They compete from day one to enter the best schools, and I mean elementary school, not college. Parent friends compete with each other over bragging rights, pushing their children based on the accomplishments, real or embellished, of their friends’ children. Competition is a great motivator and tool for development, but toxic competition is a thoroughly miserable extreme.

The reason I eventually left Samsung was due to this toxic competition. The job paid very, very well; but it ended up not being personally satisfying and therefore not worth the big bucks. For example, their idea of team work is to have every member of the team work on the same project independently and then pick the one with the best results for all of them to work on together later, with the credit going to the winning developer. This leads to a lot of backstabbing and resentment within the team. Personally, I had my project changed every three months as soon as promising results were forth-coming since the person one sub-level above me in my group always recommended to the principal research manager that I be switched. He would downplay my results, but the real reason was that he was worried that my success would lead to me taking his position and career advancements. The success of one is viewed as failure to another in a similarly ranked position. However, the success of clearly lower-ranked subordinates is viewed as the success of the leader.

RE: Samsung's MO
By nafhan on 4/22/2011 4:22:53 PM , Rating: 2
Trying to thank you for your interesting comment, but the comment system is labeling my comments as spam...

Anyway, thanks for the insight into research at large corporations. Very interesting to hear about that kind of thing.

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