Apple CEO Tim Cook sends note to employees following verdict
reluctantly" and as a last resort after asking Samsung to stop copying Apple. Repeating the theme of the company's post-verdict statement, Cook reiterated that the case wasn't about dollars or cents but was about values. Apple, according to its CEO, "makes the best products on earth" but for its customers, not for competitors to "flagrantly copy." You can check out the letter below.
After the verdict came down, Wall Street had a chance to weigh in on the decision. In after hours trading late Friday, Apple's shares closed at $674.95, up more than $11 or 1.8% from the 4pm close. Assuming that the shares open around there on Monday morning, it will be a new all-time high for Apple's equity.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than we knew.
The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
I am very proud of the work that each of you do.
Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.
1. lemenade (Posts: 31; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)
Well said. And probably a lot more polite that what jobs would have said.
17. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I like how Tim cook handles the company. He's so professional. He's not taking these court trials personally. He's like, okay, we won, now let's go back to work.
The fact that they had a "Big" win, doesn't affect his professionalism.
+1 to apple for having a great CEO after steve jobs.
19. wendygarett (unregistered)
Indeed well said...
But the word 'copy' is a very strong word...
I won't use that word if I'm Apple CEO
2. androidornothing (Posts: 143; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Idk even know what to say at this point anymore. This guy is getting on my nerves.
10. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
well whether you like apple or not, at least he handled it maturely… although the "whole world listens part" sounds like a veiled threat but whatever… it sounded like a professional, "lets get back on track" note
34. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
I'll bet anything, that if everything stayed the same with the one key exception being that Samsung was a NORTH Korean company that eveyone would be on cr@pples side in this...imo
3. Aeires (unregistered)
Bigger and bigger the balloon gets, until...
5. Goldeneye (Posts: 346; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
Definitely all this is good for Samsung they need to find "inspiration" somewhere else, for real, their " perfected" products started to look too similar to apple's.
39. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Apple believes it and that's what matters.
8. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)
I guess Samsung will not open another store to resemble the Apple store.. or try to camp outside on the release of the iphone.. and all of their stunts...
9. tedkord (Posts: 3936; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Biggest stunts - being the number one smartphone seller in the world, and having the most preordered, fastest selling device ever.
My SGS3 is in no way a copy add the iPhone.
12. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
nobody, including apple, has recently accused the s3 of being a copy-- it was not on their "list" of infringed devices
I believe apple did in the beginning but i think they dropped the case against it
And i am not sure if it is the most preordered and fastest selling device ever, and neither are you… samsung never released a confirmed preorder sales number… and the number that was put out was preorder sales to carriers-- we dont know how many were actually bought
11. taz89 (Posts: 1948; Member since: 03 May 2011)
even you cant say the gs3 is a copy of the iphone i mean first of all its not a rectangle and secondly it does not have a grid if square icons
14. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Let's use the time machine: Martin Cooper and Motorola made the first cellphone.
Now imagine what could have been if Motorola acted like Apple does now.
Motorola could make the patent: portable electronic device that sends and receives calls.
Mobile progress would have been the same?
15. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
"Think Different" - Apple Inc. Sue everyone.
32. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Google and Motorola have filed a patent lawsuit against Apple for these following patents:
These are all patents over things integral to how a smartphone works and 7007064 is pretty much a description of a phone.
They've offered Apple to license but Apple has thus far refused.
I don't care anymore whether or not this will have a detrimental effect on the consumer experience, I just want to see Apple taken down a peg or two.
16. GoBears (Posts: 305; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
I'm glad Apple's doing good. My Mom and Grandma enjoy their little idont.
18. frydaexiii (Posts: 1157; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Ughh, People from Apple talking about values is like listening to Marbolo preach about Lung Cancer, or Mcdonald's promoting healthy living...Just makes me wanna puke.
21. Aeires (unregistered)
25. kew01 (Posts: 15; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Apple should sue this guy. He stole their idea before they "invented" it.
How could anyone come to the same obvious conclusion (before them) that on touchscreens the natural evolution is to multi-touch and pinch to zoom, or double tap to zoom in and out.
How many prior art must be given so that judges understand those things?
But, like Tim said:
"Today money talked... err... I mean, values won and the whole world didn't catch on our hypocrite bull%sh... ahem... and i hope the whole world listens."
33. rusticguy (Posts: 2811; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
And smarttech claimed to have done this 20 years before this guy on their flatpanels. But who would listen?
36. Aeires (unregistered)
More reason why Apple's patents will be invalidated.
22. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
The title is wrong ,Tim cooks send galaxy note to his employees and they all got confused by its curved rectangular touch screen with black colour with the iPhone and proved his point of lost sales.
and please send this note about originality and innovation to Xerox also.
24. LionStone (Posts: 434; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
That's right...keep pulling the >wool< over the eyes! Pathetic.
26. ogtomasx (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)
Tim Cook is a SCRUB crying about s**t, that android makes yea THE iphone inspired the mobile industry but there are better android phones then iphone.....Complaining about copying come the hell on apple copied (notification TASK bar from android) how can you say other people copy you????? APPLE SUCKS they kill competition by taking them to court....sueing samsung Over an old as samsung phone that looked like the iphone it no longer even looks like that SCRUBS....
28. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
he forgot to mention that everyone will get a pay bonus
30. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
Cook said Apple "makes the best products on earth" funny the best product on earth does not have 4g, does not have an sd card slot and cant send files via bluetooth.
31. longhairbilly (Posts: 60; Member since: 23 Aug 2010)
He also sent a memo to the team responsible for stealing the Android notification system saying "good job."
35. kanagadeepan (Posts: 591; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Apple Advocate: Samsung COPIED the iPhone completely!
Me: So a Samsung Galaxy Series phone works just like an iPhone?
Me: So I get the same experience with Samsung that I get with Apple? AA: No. Android sucks, Samsung phones are horrible to use!
Me: So Apple's phones suck and are horrible to use too?
AA: NO! Apple's phones are awesome.
Me: But I thought you said that Samsung copied Apple's phones. How can that be, if they're identical as you say?
Me: Do Apple phones have LTE?
AA: No. You don't need LTE, 3G EVDO is good enough!
Me: Do Apple phones have screens larger than 3.5 inches?
AA: No. 3.5 inches is enough for
Me: Does Apple offer a removable battery?
AA: No. Removable batteries are terrible!
Me: Is Android a comparable
operating system to iOS?
AA: No. Android SUCKS!
Me: Does Apple make its phone with a plastic case and back?
AA: No. It's all glass.
Me: Does Apple make a phone with an AMOLED display?
AA: No. Apple uses LCD, which is good enough.
Me: So, basically, what you're saying is, other than the user experience, screen size, color, backplane, form factor, operating system, data speeds, look, feel and usability, the
phones are exactly alike.
AA: YES! SAMSUNG COPIED APPLE!
Me: *shakes head*
37. Brendan126 (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)
Now you're comment has a good point, but it is quite stereotypical of Apple Users. I for one have had an iPhone since the 3 came out, but recently switched to Android. But besides the point, I have an iPad and Apple everything else. I am in no way biased towards one of the two companies. I may own more Apple products, but that is because the ones I do own have the functionality I feel is suitable for me. Most people I know that even care about the lawsuits are smart enough to read articles about it, and do not act extremely ignorant about who copied who, or functionality. This situation may happen with an arrogent little kid, but please do not stereotype every existing fan of Apple.
40. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
Where are the values gone when Apple copies?