Samsung employee reportedly swallowed incriminating docs during a price-fixing raid

Samsung employee reportedly swallowed incriminating docs during a price-fixing raid
In light of the epic Apple-Samsung trial for patent infringement, a new tidbit sheds light on just how things at Samsung might have worked when it comes to new technologies introduced by other companies. It's not the first time Samsung has been accused in using someone's patents without licensing them for gaining market share in a new field, then settling with the affected company before any harm was done to its already established business there. Samsung also engaged in price-fixing regarding its existing lines of production, like TVs or DRAM modules, for which it has been fined numerous times prior to the debacle with Apple.

Some explain this with the secretive, loyalty-based structure and origins of the South Korean conglomerates, which elbow their way through the cutthroat business world with any legal or semi-legal method at their disposal, until they sit at or near the top. You can read our dedicated article for more information what is a chaebol, and the history of Samsung in general. We all know how the events unfolded in the Apple-Samsung trial, as Samsung used its usual tactic to countersue, minimize the damages asked, and then settle before any actual product ban has been imposed. In the meantime it became a leader in smartphone market share, so the effort definitely paid off, and this has been done by Samsung already a few times in other industries. 

The loyalty and secrecy are so ingrained in Samsung's culture, it seems, that when investigators tried to raid one of its offices for phone price fixing allegations with local carriers, the employees inside blocked their access until the police arrived. In the meantime, they started destroying evidence -facility cameras showed later on that Samsung staff was swapping their work computers with benign ones, and shredding docs. The icing on the cake? One employee was caught actually tearing apart and eating documents, so as the investigators couldn't get a hold of them when they enter the premises. Fascinating stuff, happening not that long ago, in March of 2011. Apple's lawyers were even joking at the time that they can't expect results in a court of law from a company whose employees are willing to go to such lengths to protect any wrongdoing. The rest is history, but it will be interesting to see if there will be any repercussions from Apple about the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home key that came with the Galaxy S5 about six months after Apple introduced its Touch ID finger scanner located precisely there on the iPhone 5s.

source: Vanity Fair

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53 Comments

1. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

burn it with your s5 :D

20. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Seriously PA? What kind of news is this?

21. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I thought it was a pretty funny article. Anyways if you don't like the subject there are always different articles to read, just pass this one.

24. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

MYOB I'm just asking. What's wrong with that?

26. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Meh, replying to the first post just to get yourself at the top of the comments... attention seeking behavior.

30. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Replying to the reply of the first post just to get yourself attention too. What an attention seeking behavior too. :/

27. Ahmadovich

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

Your name explains it all. Haha!

31. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Yeah and I love my name..

47. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

A very Loyal employee

2. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Samsung is a copy cat/ scoundrel company. period.http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2014/06/apple-samsung-smartphone-patent-war.print Without other companies' intellectual property, it wouldn't survive.

3. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

apple is the same

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

So is Google.

28. Ahmadovich

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

Sony is the prettiest of them all IMO.

34. huhblub

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 18, 2014

They are..lol you're an idiots

42. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

Just search "Apple copies Sony phone" or "Apple steals Xerox's UX". EVERYONE...including Apple does it.

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

All companies are the same. They practice everything illegal until they can get away with. Even Nokia deceived the Indian government by disguising their sales in domestic market as international (international sales are tax exempt because of tax agreement with india and finland) so that they can get away with without paying tax. When the government came to knew about their tax evasion tactic they transferred all their money to finland.

32. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Not like Samsung, they haven't.

37. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Samsung is the worst copycat. I have Samsung, so I'm not biased.

46. SamDroid unregistered

Just because you troll about Samsung and claim you have a Samsung phone doesn't make you an angel. Justify your comment :)

50. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

iBS ROTFL

33. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Cry Baby.

36. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Was that written by you? Lol

45. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Samsung doesn't even have R&D

53. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Looks like samsung hires goats and hamsters now

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Apple is just the same. They copy and says its their innovation and call it a different name.

18. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

you can do the same, try go copy something and pattern it, then its yours. its fair game,you don't pattern your stuff,don't blame somebody else claim it

22. hamster_99

Posts: 2; Member since: May 06, 2014

you mean Patent right??

29. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

thx for correcting

6. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

LOL. Classic.

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