A rare peek inside the boardroom of the world's largest smartphone manufacturer
FORTUNE — The
, which earlier reported that Samsung executives were “reeling in shock” after its lopsided loss to Apple AAPL last week, followed up Wednesday with a description of the moment the news was formally delivered to the company’s highest official.
Apparently Lee Kun-hee, chairman of Samsung Electronics, wasn’t briefed until Tuesday, four days after the verdict was returned. The job fell to vice chairman Choi Gee-sung, whom Lee had assigned to ride herd over the multibillion dollar patent dispute.
According to the
, quoting an unnamed Samsung executive, this was Lee’s reaction:
What the chairman said before he calmed down is left to our imagination.
Following the verdict, Samsung unveiled a flurry of new products at the IFA trade fair in Berlin, including a tablet and smartphone running Microsoft’s MSFT Windows 8. The Korea Times took that as a signal that relations between Google GOOG and Samsung — the largest manufacturer of Android devices — had cooled.
The article also confirmed that Samsung has threatened to immediately sue Apple for patent infringement if Cupertino releases any products using advanced long-term evolution (LTE) mobile technology — which the next iPhone is expected to do.
Of the 3,000 or so standards-essential LTE patents, according to an Article One Partners study published earlier this year, Nokia has 18.9%, Qualcomm has 12.2% and Samsung has 12.2%. The Nortel LTE patents purchased for $4.5 billion last year by a consortium led by Apple account for 2.29%.