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At every opportunity, we've tried to expose Samsung in the light of a copycat manufacturer and dirty trickster. In the past, we've had the courage to challenge Samsung's blustering claims of blockbuster sales and have been proven correct. Some say we're too hard on Samsung and yet we're the only Apple site that covers Samsung patents in all fairness. If they file for an innovative idea, we try to cover them. But that has nothing to do with us hammering them when they copy Apple's designs and steal or "infringe" Apple's patents. These creeps have tried to invalidate key Apple patents and have repeatedly failed in the US. Yet they kept pushing until they got a German court to invalidate one of Apple's patents that they (Samsung and Google) desperately need to defeat because pinch and zoom and other key Apple inventions define multitouch functionality on mobile devices like no other. So today I applaud the CNN/Fortune Apple 2.0 blog for posting a historical listing of Samsung's dirty trickery for the record. Report Updated 12 PM PST


A Basic Overview of Samsung's Dirty Tricks Record


  • July 7, 2004: Jury advised of adverse interference when Samsung allowed emails to be automatically deleted even after it was told to retain relevant emails. After Samsung's appeal, Judge William Martini found "Samsung's actions go far beyond mere negligence, demonstrating knowing and intentional conduct."

 

  • October 17, 2005: The U.S. Department of Justice fined Samsung nearly $300M for memory price fixing within the U.S.

     

  • Feb. 7, 2007: U.S. government fined Samsung for $90M for memory chip price fixing for violations in 2006.

 

  • Jan.15, 2008: Samsung's offices in Korea were raided after evidence showed that a slush fund was used to bribe government officials and other business leaders.

 

  • July 16 2008, Samsung chairman, Lee Kun-He was found guilty in Seoul of financial wrongdoing and tax evasion. Despite prosecutor request of seven years in prison, sentence was reduced to three years followed by a pardon by the South Korean Government in 2009 to allow him to help with its successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. He is now a member of the International Olympic Committee and this 'pardoned criminal' returned as Samsung's Chairman in March 2010.

     

  • May 19, 2010: The EU Commission fined Samsung for being part of a cartel that shared confidential information and fixed memory chip prices (along with eight other firms).

 

  • Nov. 1, 2011: The Korean Fair Trade Commission fined Samsung for being part of a cartel that fixed prices and reduced output for TFT-LCD screens between 2001 and 2006.

     

  • March 15, 2012: The Korean Fair Trade Commission fined Samsung for a mobile phone price fixing scheme and consumer fraud whereby consumers would by paying more than what the discounted prices advertised.

 

  • July 25, 2012: Magistrate Grewal informs the jury that they could take into account that "spoliation" of evidence occurred when Samsung destroyed evidence that could have been used in the Apple lawsuit; Samsung had a policy of automatically deleting emails that were two weeks old and should have suspended that policy between August 2010 (when Apple informed Samsung of patent infringement) and April 2011 (when Apple initiated the lawsuit).

 

  • August 24, 2012 a jury returned a verdict finding Samsung had willfully infringed on Apple's design and utility patents and had also diluted Apple's trade dresses related to the iPhone. But Samsung continues to fight the ruling, and continues in their copying behavior.

 

  • Dec 2012: EU issued a Statement of Objections (SO) against Samsung for abusing its Standard-Essential Patents in not providing FRAND rates. Samsung withdrew all SEP-based injunction requests against Apple in Europe days before the SO was issued, but to no avail.

     

  • April. 2013, Samsung is accused of and admits hiring people in several countries to falsify reports of HTC phones "constantly crashing" and posting fake benchmark reviews.

     

  • October 2013 Samsung in confirmed reports from independent and objective testing, found to be intentionally falsifying performance benchmarks of its flagship products: the Galaxy S4 and Note 3.

 

The noted list didn't cover any Samsung divisions who have played dirty tricks. For instance, on December 5, 2012 the antitrust regulators of European Union fined Samsung SDI and several other major companies for fixing prices of TV cathode-ray tubes in two cartels lasting nearly a decade. How many other cases could there be on the books?

 

Will making this list public even make Samsung blink? Are you kidding me? Samsung couldn't function, or better yet, be able to successfully compete in the market without trickery. Be it paying for fake reviews or falsifying performance benchmarks or stealing technology from Apple, they need to continue this behaviour in order to fake their way into leadership positions based on "innovation." Can this get any funnier? And how bad could it really get for Samsung when Wall Street gives them a standing ovation for their criminal behavior? 

 

Samsung's behavior will never end because the system has never forced them to pay a high enough price to deter them from their criminal behavior. Hell, Dyson just sued Samsung the other day for stealing one of their vacuum cleaner designs. Wherever there's a winning design, count on Samsung to copy it in one way or another: that's just what Samsung does.

 

In technology wars, there is no US military wing to take out enemy targets that cross a line in the sand and Samsung knows that. They know that stealing early and stealing fast will always be the way to go because the legal penalties, if any, are a pittance in comparison to what they're able to rake in financially through copying and or through stealing source code or other means. This behavior is simply organized crime Gangnam Style. Yet until they're forced to pay a steep enough price for their criminal activities, we'll politely write if off as "just business." Well, some will justify it that way, especially those holding Samsung stock. 

 

For now all we could do as bloggers is continually expose Samsung for their dirty trickster ways and today we get to thank CNN for rolling up their sleeves and making a contribution, and to Phillip Elmer-DeWitt specifically.

 

Update 12 PM PST: Another new incident came to light earlier today by way of FOSS Patents that even shocked the famed Florian Mueller who eats and sleeps covering patent cases. Mueller stated on his blog that "On Wednesday evening local time, Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, whose writing style is well-liked by various patent litigation watchers including me, entered an order that finally sheds light on this. The order came down after a hearing held yesterday on a request by Apple (and possibly also one by Nokia) for sanctions against Samsung (and/or its outside counsel) for violation of a protective order, i.e., for illegal disclosure of (in this case, extremely) confidential information.  You could read more about this new development here. How can you not shake your head in utter disgust at what Samsung is willing to do in their patent war with Apple? It's outrageous. 


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Comments

Al

this article is great, please add more sharing options to expose this fraudulent company

Jack Purcher

Hi Derr,

I agree with you wholeheartedly. In fact, I've added an update to the report to reflect this latest incident of Samsung violating a protective order as you suggested.

Cheers

Derr

Jack, did you see the reports surfaced today about Samsung willfully taking those highly confidential Nokia-Apple licensing documents meant for "Attorneys eyes only"

My goodness, how absolutely pathetic could Samsung be. I think "trickster" is not a harsh enough name for them. There aren't enough words to fully describe Samsung. This latest scandal needs to be added to this list Philip Elmer Dewitt made. And it needs to get more attention in the mainstream media, rather than them trying to figure out new ways to spin positive Apple stories. The timing couldn't be any more hilarious, this past two weeks its just been report after report of pathetic Samsung behavior.

Jason

Media is rigged and biased towards Samsung.

Hope to see the reversal where the facts are being revealed and Samsung is being exposed all over the internet!

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