Wow! Not like Apple needs the money, since we all know when it comes to technology they aren’t on the cusp of being great, they created it. And when it comes to making a decision on who copied who in the battles of the Smartphones. A court decided that and Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1.05 Billion in damages.
Here’s What Samsung Had To Say
“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.”
Apple won this battle, which claimed Samsung infringed on six patents for devices made by Samsung and have already added new devices to the list including my phone the Galaxy Note. They have also issued a sales injunction which if goes through could prevent Samsung from making phones period. Samsungs shares dropped by 7.1% the day the verdict was heard.
What a bunch of B.S. Don’t get me wrong, I like Apple. In fact I think they are the leader in innovation and before the iPhone came out, phones were just phones. So there is something there. However that being said. What right do they have to monopolize the cellular product market? Consumers everywhere have a right to choose which phones they want. It’s not like you pick up an iPhone and Samsung Note and you can clearly see they look alike.
However that being said, one can also argue that stealing is stealing. Tim Cook, Vice President for Apple Solutions clearly is happy with the outcome of the verdict and had this to say about it…
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 very proud of the work that each of you do. Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.– Tim
He’s right you know. We teach our kids not to steal, copy homework to get the right answers. So shouldn’t big companies be held responsible for not coming up with their own ideas to create innovative products they are selling to consumers for prices that give billion dollar profits?
I think they should.
I know this is not over — the war between Samsung and Apple. I’m sure we will be hearing more about it as the rest of the tech war unfolds. But until then, the message has been sent. Stealing an Apple a Day doesn’t keep the doctor away, in fact quite the opposite. For Samsung it may just land them in the morgue!