Samsung has done it again. The South Korean company has been ordered to pay millions. Why and to who is the question.
Samsung’s company and its attorneys had access to the documents of the Apple/Nokia patent agreement that were actually confidential. What gave the company access to these P & C files were that it was utilized in a recent trial that Samsung lost. In patent trials, when an individual or firm is accused of infringing another’s patents, the individual or firm has access to the private information to refer to so a good defence for themselves can be put forward in court.
The patent deal documents were suppose to be only for the eyes of the Samsung lawyers but the company reportedly quoted word for word from the agreement later on during negotiations with Nokia. Samsung had blatantly breached the court order and used these documents for its own beneficial advantage when negotiating with Nokia.
Because of this breach, the court has fined Samsung and it’s attorney Quinn Emanuel $2 million. The charges according to the legal documents were a : ‘(1) failure to institute sufficient safeguards for third-party confidential information, and (2) failure to comply with the notice and cooperation requirements set forth in Section 18(a) of the protective order entered in this case.’
The $2 million sum will be split and shared between Apple and Nokia. The below statement extracted from the documents highlight the exact amount to be paid to both parties.
‘With the limited exceptions described above, the court finds that the remaining costs and fees requested by Apple and Nokia are reasonable and shall be awarded. No later than 30 days from this order, Samsung and QE are to pay Nokia a total of $1,145,027.95 and Apple a total of $893,825.77 in fees and costs.’
Samsung has to start watching its actions closely before it gets into more trouble. $2 million is a little smack on the hand for the tech giant but it won’t be so lucky all the time. If this continues, the amount could be in the billions next time and maybe the court won’t be as understanding.
Source: Legal Documents