Reuters quoted in one of its interesting article about Apple and Samsung suing each other that,
“Tim Cook, Jobs’ successor as Apple chief executive, was opposed to suing Samsung in the first place, according to people with knowledge of the matter, largely because of that company’s critical role as a supplier of components for the iPhone and the iPad…
…Cook, worried about the critical supplier relationship, was opposed to suing Samsung. But Jobs had run out of patience, suspecting that Samsung was counting on the supplier relationship to shield it from retribution.
Apple filed suit in April 2011, and the conflagration soon spread to courts in Europe, Asia and Australia. When Apple won its blockbuster billion-dollar jury verdict against Samsung last August, it appeared that it might be able to achieve an outright ban on the offending products – which would have dramatically altered the smartphone competition.”
The fact is that Tim Cook never wanted to sue Samsung as he was against patent litigation, as he wanted to maintain a supplier relationship with Samsung. But Former CEO Steve Jobs lost his patience and overruled Tim and sued Samsung.