Kurt Eichenwald takes a look at Samsung/Apple for Vanity Fair, and the… interesting strategy that Samsung has used time and time again in regards to patents and competitive pressure:
Â According to various court records and people who have worked with Samsung, ignoring competitorsâ€™ patents is not uncommon for the Korean company. And once itâ€™s caught it launches into the same sort of tactics used in the Apple case: countersue, delay, lose, delay, appeal, and then, when defeat is approaching, settle. â€œThey never met a patent they didnâ€™t think they might like to use, no matter who it belongs to,â€ says Sam Baxter, a patent lawyer who once handled a case for Samsung. â€œI represented [the Swedish telecommunications company] Ericsson, and they couldnâ€™t lie if their lives depended on it, and I represented Samsung and they couldnâ€™t tell the truth if their lives depended on it.â€
The story is a delightful mirror, you will see what you want to see. The question is where the truth lies, and is it nearer Apple’s point of view, or Samsung’s?