In what I can only describe as an epic battle between two technology titans has finally come to its penultimate conclusions with Apple emerging the victor. Yes Apple has been awarded $1,049,343,540 in damages and Samsung has been awarded a big fat $0 for its own utility patent claims. Some people are up in arms at the outcome stating that this is a grim day for innovation and that Apple are the real copycats. Although the amount stated is enormous it is less than half of the $2.5 billion Apple originally requested.
Samsung released a statement declaring “this is not the final word in this case”, which could mean they are gearing up to appeal the decision (but wait the decision is final so I guess Samsung are just bitter with the outcome). There has been no word as of yet on whether the Samsung products in question will be blocked from sale in the US.
This victory will have far reaching consequences for Google’s Android Operating System and the ecosystem as a whole. Players such as HTC which are currently tied up in patent litigations with Apple may now be cringing in their boots, I know I would.
Stifling Innovation is one of the main arguments railed against Apple. However I believe that without the introduction of the iPhone which ushered in the innovation in the first place, would Samsung have created the products the have today?
I would respond that this is a great victory for innovation and should force others, in particular Samsung to create their own innovation.
Does anyone remember when the late Steve Jobs first announced the Iphone?
The two companies have released statements about the the decision.
“We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trail showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.”
“Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.”
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