Earlier today it was determined that Samsung had indeed infringed on many of Apple’s patents and is to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages. This legal battle is far from over, as appeals are bound to take place, but Samsung and Apple have both released statements on the ruling.
“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”
“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”
The ruling obviously was a huge loss for Samsung and a huge victory for Apple in the ongoing patent war that is sweeping the wireless industry.
For me personally, the ruling is quite sad for the consumer electronics industry. Apple’s claims of other companies copying basic things such as rounded corners and edge to edge glass have been legitimized in the form of the ruling and huge damages to be paid to them. This is only going to embolden Apple to make further claims against both Samsung and other hardware and software companies, and only serves to stifle innovation in the smartphone industry.
That is just my view; what do you guys think of the ruling? Was Samsung rightfully punished for stealing design elements from Apple or is Apple simply trying to stifle innovation? Let us know in the comments