Samsung Working to Keep Design Dispute Separate from Component Contracts

a5x largeYesterday, we pointed to a report from The Korea Times quoting a senior Samsung executive as saying the $1 billion judgment against the firm in its patent and design dispute with Apple was the "worst scenario" for Samsung. Several senior executives were reportedly holding an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss Samsung's next moves in the case.

Reuters now notes that Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyun, who took the reins of the company as part of an executive reshuffling in June, was not present at that meeting. According to the report, Kwon's absence was part of Samsung's efforts to compartmentalize the patent and design dispute within the company. While he does serve as CEO, Kwon's primary responsibility is to oversee the company's component business, a division that maintains a close relationship with Apple.

The clear message from Samsung is that a strict internal firewall between its handset business and its components operations remains intact.

While it plans to appeal the U.S. verdict, and a damages bill for $1.05 billion for copying critical features of Apple's popular mobile devices - a sum that could be trebled - Samsung will not want to put at risk its Apple supply contract which is worth billions of dollars.

The report notes that both Samsung and Apple have been seeking to diversify their supply relationships to reduce their reliance on one another, but the two companies remain very close partners on the supply chain side. According to statements by Apple's lawyers during the trial, Samsung parts currently comprise 26% of the component cost of the iPhone, even with Apple taking steps to move contracts for some commodities such as DRAM from Samsung to competitors Elpida and Hynix.

Top Rated Comments

charlieegan3 Avatar
127 months ago
Well duh, as the supplier to one of the most successful and best selling consumer electronics companies in the world, they'd be stupid to let those contracts go elsewhere.

I think samsung sees themselves as a leading supplier rather than a supplier of a leader.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wkadamsjr Avatar
127 months ago
Translation: They both like making money. Go figure :rolleyes:
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac21ND Avatar
127 months ago
I wonder if Apple can now just say, "Hey, take those million units out of our credit."
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GoreVidal Avatar
127 months ago
Well duh, as the supplier to one of the most successful and best selling consumer electronics companies in the world, they'd be stupid to let those contracts go elsewhere.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Joe-Diver Avatar
127 months ago
Samsung to Apple:

"We're sorry, but your parts are now going to cost 10x what they did before. We have to pay a huge court award."
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Peace Avatar
127 months ago
Buy Micron stock while it's cheap.

;)
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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