Sep 232011

Samsung’s really, really mad and they’re not going to take it anymore! According to an Associated Press interview with Lee Younghee, Samsung’s head of global marketing for mobile communications, the Korean manufacturer that has had its product banned for infringing on Apple’s intellectual property in Germany has transitioned from Road House Dalton’s “being nice” into full-on “not being nice”. Let the throat-ripping begin!

“We’ve been quite respectful and also passive in a way” Lee said, out of respect for the vast volume of business it does manufacturing¬†components for several Apple devices. “However, we shouldn’t be … anymore.” All it took was Apple asserting and a German judge confirming that your Galaxy Tab 10.1 was so derivative that it was banned from being sold. Lee then claimed that it would take action against Apple as a “free rider” on patents that they had let Apple infringe all over before now – no doubt out of the goodness of their hearts. Way to defend your IP.

I’m sure Samsung’s investors are as excited by the current non-specific threats being offered as they were about how systematically you’ve presented your ass for mounting by Apple up until now. That’s what you get for borrowing ideas from “generic patents” and by being so respectful when Apple pursued its legal options. Is there not a shred of decency in business anymore?

Compounding the hilarity is this passage in the article:

Lee joined Samsung in 2007 from French cosmetics maker L’Oreal. Makeup and mobile phones have a lot in common, she said, in that both are focused on individual expression.

I guess if you’re going to put lipstick on a pig, you may as well bring in an expert.

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