According to various court records and people who have worked with Samsung, ignoring competitors’ patents is not uncommon for the Korean company. And once it’s caught it launches into the same sort of tactics used in the Apple case: countersue, delay, lose, delay, appeal, and then, when defeat is approaching, settle. “They never met a patent they didn’t think they might like to use, no matter who it belongs to,” says Sam Baxter, a patent lawyer who once handled a case for Samsung. “I represented [the Swedish telecommunications company] Ericsson, and they couldn’t lie if their lives depended on it, and I represented Samsung and they couldn’t tell the truth if their lives depended on it.”
The full story covers Samsung’s storied history of stealing innovations from companies like Sharp, Pioneer, Kodak, Apple and others, detailing the company’s legal battles and the ways in which it capitalized off its “Infringe First And Stall As Long As Possible” strategy.
Pretty gross stuff.