By Ian Sherr and Jessica E. Vascellaro

    Tim Cook, in inheriting the reins at Apple, also assumed oversight of a legal war against imitators begun by predecessor Steve Jobs. So it is not surprising that Apple’s CEO took time out to revel in Apple’s decisive court victory over Samsung Electronics Friday.

    Here’s his high-five to the troops, in the form of an internal email that began circulating Friday evening.


    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 so very proud of the work that each of you do.
    Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.



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