Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al

Filing 1417

Declaration of GiHo Ro in Support of 1414 Joint Motion Regarding Sealing of Trial Exhibits filed by Samsung Electronics America, Inc.(a New York corporation), Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC(a Delaware limited liability company). (Related document(s) 1414 ) (Maroulis, Victoria) (Filed on 7/27/2012) Modified text on 7/30/2012 (dhm, COURT STAFF).

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1 QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN, LLP Charles K. Verhoeven (Bar No. 170151) 2 50 California Street, 22nd Floor 3 San Francisco, California 94111 Telephone: (415) 875-6600 4 Facsimile: (415) 875-6700 5 Kevin P.B. Johnson (Bar No. 177129) 6 Victoria F. Maroulis (Bar No. 202603) th 7 555 Twin Dolphin Drive, 5 Floor Redwood Shores, California 94065-2139 8 Telephone: (650) 801-5000 Facsimile: (650) 801-5100 9 Michael T. Zeller (Bar No. 196417) 10 865 S. Figueroa St., 10th Floor 11 Los Angeles, California 90017 Telephone: (213) 443-3000 12 Facsimile: (213) 443-3100 13 Attorneys for SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS AMERICA, 14 INC. and SAMSUNG TELECOMMUNICATIONS AMERICA, LLC 15 16 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 17 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, SAN JOSE DIVISION 18 19 APPLE INC., a California corporation, Plaintiff, 20 21 vs. CASE NO. 11-cv-01846-LHK (PSG) DECLARATION OF GIHO RO IN SUPPORT OF THE PARTIES’ JOINT MOTION REGARDING SEALING OF TRIAL EXHIBITS 22 SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., a Korean business entity; SAMSUNG 23 ELECTRONICS AMERICA, INC., a New York corporation; SAMSUNG 24 TELECOMMUNICATIONS AMERICA, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, 25 Defendants. 26 27 28 02198.51855/4877584.1 Case No. 11-cv-01846-LHK (PSG) DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF SAMSUNG’S ADMIN. MOTION TO FILE UNDER SEAL 1 DECLARATION OF GIHO RO 2 I, GiHo Ro do hereby declare as follows: 3 1. I am a Senior Manager, Administration Team in the Mobile Communications 4 Division at Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (“SEC”). I submit this Supplemental Declaration in 5 support of SEC’s, Samsung Electronics America, Inc.’s, and Samsung Telecommunications 6 America, LLC’s (“Samsung’s”) Administrative Motion to File Documents Under Seal (“Motion to 7 Seal”). I have personal knowledge of the facts set forth in this Declaration and, if called as a 8 witness, could and would competently testify to them. 9 2. In my position, I assist and report directly to the Chief Financial Officer of SEC’s 10 Mobile Communications Division and receive all financial reporting within the Mobile 11 Communications division that is sent to the Chief Financial Officer. I am thus intimately familiar 12 with the types and nature of financial data and reports generated by Samsung, how those data and 13 reports are used within Samsung, and how they could be used by Samsung’s competitors if 14 publically disclosed. 15 3. I have reviewed the parties’ proposed trial exhibits that contain highly sensitive 16 information about Samsung’s financial data and business development plans. I understand that 17 some of the documents also contain Apple’s confidential information. I was provided partially 18 redacted versions of these documents for review. 19 4. The trial exhibits I reviewed include information related to Samsung recent 20 financial results, pricing strategy with carrier customers, costs to Samsung of various components, 21 specific information about profit margins on various products, specific information about 22 operating expenses, bills of materials, and other financial information. 23 5. This information is highly confidential to Samsung and Samsung takes 24 extraordinary steps to maintain the secrecy of the information. Such information can only be 25 accessed by certain financial personnel, on a very restricted need-to-know basis. This financial 26 information, especially with the level of specificity included in the trial exhibits I reviewed, has 27 never been disclosed outside Samsung. The information was produced in this case under a 28 02198.51855/4877584.1 Case No. 11-cv-01846-LHK (PSG) -2DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF SAMSUNG’S ADMIN. MOTION TO FILE UNDER SEAL 1 Protective Order to Apple’s outside counsel and experts for the sole purpose of calculating 2 supposed damages. 3 6. Samsung took special precautions when producing this data to Apple, including 4 restricting the distribution of soft copies of the data, copying of data, or inspecting the data in an 5 unsecured environment. Samsung distributed a limited number of numbered compact discs that 6 contained soft copies of the data, retrieved the discs after a certain amount of time, and only 7 permitted the inspection of certain data in a secure location to prevent unauthorized copying or 8 dissemination. 9 7. Disclosure of revenues, pricing strategy, and costs will permit competitors to 10 undercut Samsung's pricing, and allow business partners to gain leverage against Samsung in 11 business and supply agreement negotiations. 12 8. Disclosure of non-public, projected, market share data and pricing premium 13 calculations will allow competitors to gain an unfair advantage since they could undercut 14 Samsung’s pricing strategy without investing the extensive resources to acquire market research. 15 9. Disclosure of specific cost information and bills of materials will allow competitors 16 and business partners to use this information to gain leverage against Samsung in business and 17 supply agreement negotiations or to assist in product and financial planning. 18 10. The need for confidentiality extends to portions of summaries created by the 19 damages experts in this case. While some of the information contained in these summaries is not 20 highly sensitive, other information, like specific profit margins, and per-unit costs, are based on 21 non-public financial information and would have the same detrimental effect on Samsung as the 22 distribution of underlying data would have. For example, competitors could interfere with pricing 23 strategy if they knew Samsung’s per-unit costs. 24 11. In addition to financial data, certain trial exhibits include details about Samsung’s 25 future business strategy. Samsung takes the same precautions to ensure the confidentiality of 26 business strategy that it takes to ensure the confidentiality of financial data. While portions of 27 these documents may not be highly-sensitive, disclosure of specific portions of these documents 28 will cause Samsung competitive harm. 02198.51855/4877584.1 Case No. 11-cv-01846-LHK (PSG) -3DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF SAMSUNG’S ADMIN. MOTION TO FILE UNDER SEAL 1 12. For example, if competitors learned of Samsung’s product planning strategy, they 2 could beat Samsung to the market, eliminating any first-mover advantage Samsung may have. 3 4 I declare under penalty of perjury that the forgoing is true and correct to the best of my 5 knowledge. Executed this 27th day of July, 2012, in Suwon, South Korea. 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 02198.51855/4877584.1 Case No. 11-cv-01846-LHK (PSG) -4DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF SAMSUNG’S ADMIN. MOTION TO FILE UNDER SEAL

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