Samsung Chairman Didn’t Learn They Lost The Apple Patent Battle Until Four Days Later


Just wow, a lot of people like to keep secrets from their boss, but this would even make me mad. Samsung executives waited nearly 4-days after they lost the patent case against Apple to reveal they lost to their chairman. Until Tuesday, he was totally unaware that the company had been defeated in the popular patent battle.

Samsung chairman, Lee Kun-hee, was informed Tuesday by vice chairman Choi Gee-sung. It was Gee-sung who was assigned to handle the battle, and quite frankly he wasn’t able to pull off a win in this one. Here is what went down: (via Korea Times)

“The chairman calmed down and slightly closed his eyes after he was briefed. But he didn’t say anything further.”

After he learned of the loss was when Samsung confirmed they would immediately sue Apple if they released a 4G capable device. You can read the full report here.

Now what I am left wondering is, how did Kun-hee go a full 4 days without hearing the news via media outlets? I thought this would have made huge news on South Korean TV channels and even websites. Who knows, but we bet the chairman is happy Apple failed to defeat them in the Japan case.

[via Fortune]


  • Antonino Urbano

    Wow… wtf is wrong with him lol…

  • JMCD23

    I can understand not knowing the result of every patent case, but this specific one cost the company’s stock to fall quite significantly. Maybe it’s just PR to shrug the case off as unimportant.

  • K3

    obviously he has so much money that he didnt care to keep apprised.

  • gtasscarlo

    Sue over 4g LOL. Similar designs is one thing, but this is just the continuation of the war between them.

  • RyanStOnge

    I didn’t understand that either. The stock made quite an unusual drop too, so he had to wonder why.