If there was any doubt that Friday's more-than-$1 billion dollar (£630 million) judgment couldn't have gone much worse for Samsung, even company executives themselves – unnamed, of course – are chiming in about the outcome of the seemingly disastrous California patent trial.
According to the Korea Times, a senior Samsung executive described Friday's outcome – in which jurors in a San Jose, California federal court found that Samsung had wilfully infringed five of six contested Apple patents – as "absolutely the worst scenario for us."
The unnamed executive made the comment before heading into an emergency meeting summoned forth by Choi Gee-sung, current vice chairman of Samsung's corporate strategy office, and Samsung Mobile Communications president J.K. Shin.
In the US, Samsung has said that it plans to appeal the verdict while Apple, in the meantime, will likely ask the court to bar the infringing products from being sold.
"We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work," wrote Apple CEO Tim Cook in a memo to Apple employees.
"We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy," he added.
Samsung, however, has been trying to suggest that it's not going to be the only loser should the company find itself unsuccessful in its attempts to appeal or otherwise reverse the record-setting verdict.
"Today's verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices," reads a Friday statement by Samsung. "It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies."
That all said, a number of pundits are now taking to the airwaves to suggest that the jury's findings in the trial – deliberated and decided in less than three days – might not stand the legal test of time for a variety of reasons.
According to the Korea Times, Samsung is planning to file a Rule 50(b) motion that will allow it, as described by Groklaw, to "ask the judge for various relief on the basis that no reasonable jury could find what it did find on the evidence presented."