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Legal troubles? Samsung spent 500% more on lobbying in 2012

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Legal troubles? Samsung spent 500% more on lobbying in 2012
Let's be honest, business is much easier when the laws of the land go in your favor. So, many big companies spend quite a bit of money on lobbying in order to get various branches of government to support their interests. Samsung has been having a number of legal problems recently, and probably wants to see some changes in patent law, and a new report says that Samsung spent 500% more on lobbying in 2012 than 2011.

Companies are legally required to disclose lobbying efforts, and Samsung's disclosure form shows that the company spent money trying to influence the federal government on issues ranging from intellectual-property infringement (that was a given) to telecommunications infrastructure and antidumping legislation. In total, Samsung spent $900,000 which is a big jump from the $150,000 it spent in 2011. 

Of course, that's a paltry sum compared to Apple, which spent about $1.8 million, and Google, which spent over $18 million on lobbying efforts. 

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posted on 07 Mar 2013, 16:54 10

1. Bernoulli (Posts: 1443; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


No wonder why the US Patent law favors Apple, if someone bribed me as much I would still go for them lol

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:20 6

10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2669; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Of course, Google spends 10x as much as Apple on lobbying...

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 16:57 11

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It says something about Samsung's selling power when rivals, paid sites and lobbyist agencies such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office come after you. It says Samsung is doing it better than the rest, and the rest doesn't like it one bit.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 17:13 10

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2967; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Exactly, well said.

If you can make a super power billion dollar company scared and sueing the crap out of you, you're doing things right.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 17:18 10

4. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


and that is trues and now nokia sides with apple on injunction cases aganist samsung

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 19:01 1

5. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


If Samsung was more innovative and not copy designs and ideas from other companies, then they wouldn't have to spend so much money lobbying.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 20:32 3

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2967; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


If Apple wasnt patent trolling about shapes and colors, there wouldn't be any need for money lobbying.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 23:20 1

11. jacko1977 (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


apple wasn't stealing ideas and calling it own there be no apple ijunk and ijunk pad

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 19:34 3

6. iushnt (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


So apple is spending double amount lobbying.. Do that mean they copy more? Yes may be coz you see many granted patents to Apple.. Patents for those tech that already exists..

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 20:35 1

8. Obdabeast (Posts: 41; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)


funny how we read and talk about all the bribes the companies give but don't pay mind to the fact that our own government is accepting it.. worse yet the substituted the word bribe for lobbying to make us feel better about it.. corruption at it's finest.. and we just accept it.. :/ ..

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:15

9. sunny131089 (Posts: 22; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Why dont all understand that Samsung is a South Korean company unlike Google or Apple it dosent have to explain why its manufacturing in China or adhere d SEB ....kindly reveal Samsungs South Korean lobbying figures and also of Apple for d same country .....USA is a v good market for Samsung but at d end f day its just a market like any other country except South Korea

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 00:08

12. MartianMe (unregistered)


This hole lobbying system is illegal anyways no body should be doing this ..but from sam's p.o.v. is playing defense , apple is just full of bad intensions period.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 04:01

13. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So What .... GEORGE BUSH Threatened India when COKE got banned due to pesticides in COKE. Or does US have two different rules ... oh US has 3 sets of rules :)

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 06:11

15. shuaibhere (Posts: 1418; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I love american people....
But their government... they will do anything for their country even with expense of others life...

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 04:24

14. sunny131089 (Posts: 22; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


I dont rem any American threat on India

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