Thursday's Quote Of The Day: Samsung Countersues Apple
Samsung Electronics Co said on Friday it had filed patent lawsuits against Apple in South Korea, Japan and Germany, a week after the world’s top technology company claimed Samsung’s smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copied its products.
The South Korean firm said in a statement the suit involved infringements of up to five patents but did not elaborate on the technologies involved.
“Samsung is responding actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business,” the statement said.
I remain more than a little flabbergasted at Apple’s cojónes in suing its largest semiconductor supplier. Samsung manufactures Apple’s A4 and A5 SoCs found in the second-generation Apple TV, iPad 1 and 2, iPhone 3GS and 4, and latest-generation iPod touch, as well as being both the developer and supplier of ARM-based ICs used in prior-generation iPhones and iPod touches. Samsung also provides Apple with a notable percentage of the latter’s DRAM and NAND flash memory components, optical drives, HDDs and SSDs, as well as potentially LCDs and other display technologies in the future.
Granted, as Apple’s COO Tim Cook pointed out in striving to reassure investors and financial analysts during yesterday’s earnings call, Samsung’s mobile handset group and semiconductor group are separate divisions of an extremely large corporate conglomerate. Nonetheless, were Samsung to redirect some portion of its supply elsewhere, it’d quickly find other willing buyers. Apple, on the other hand, would find itself in a world of supply chain hurt. And given how long it takes for lawsuits to wind their way through the courts to a definitive conclusion…