As the dust settled last night in the wake of Apple’s victory over Samsung in a California court room, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the company’s corporate employees via a memo.
9to5Mac acquired a copy of the memo Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out to the corporate employees of the company last night after the victory over Samsung was announced. Some of the wording is the same used in the statement issued to the press, but there are a couple bits of new, more personal thoughts on the matter.
Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere.
Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. 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.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than we knew.
The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
I am very proud of the work that each of you do.
Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.
One interesting side note to all of this, Aug. 24, the day the jury verdict was read, also happened to be the one year anniversary of Tim Cook becoming the CEO of Apple.