So Apple Sued Samsung And Won…A Lot

The Apple-Samsung patent trial came to a close last night with the jury unanimously finding that that Samsung had infringed upon multiple patents for technologies used in the iPhone and iPad. The crux of the finding was that Samsung was guilty of infringing upon numerous Apple patents, and that Apple should be awarded in excess of $1 billion for the losses it has incurred as a result of Samsung’s actions.

Apple spokesperson Katie Cotton noted (via NYTimes) “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“.

Samsung, however was far from happy, with a statement saying “Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer…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“.

While this may seem like bluster following the loss in the courtroom, it is perhaps more accurate as a reflection of the situation than one may realize. In this case ‘improving’ is the key word, rather than ‘innovating’. In order to ‘improve’ a product, which in itself is subjective, the product or technology must first be invented. It is this lack of invention that was at the core of this trial.

This trial was about more than money or compensation.  It was about sending a message.

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  • fuck apple

    ok this is stupid … no one said anything when apple took the notification bar from android… or when apple made siris out of android genius DUMBASSES LMAO the integrity…

  • Daniel

    Stupid Apple. How can you patent a rubber band effect for menus? Soon someone will patent the colour ‘red’ and sue everyone using the colour.

    Fuck you Apple and your overpriced shitty gadgets. Want to buy a computer for £2000 that has the performance of a £1000 computer – then get a Mac! Dumbed down computers for computer illiterate people.

  • James Katt

    Apple’s victory will mean MORE PHONE OPTIONS for consumers.

    Samsung’s copycat actions are the same as if Chevy copied Ferrari’s 458 Spider – making the same looking car, down to the colors, shape, seats, steering wheel, dashboard, radio, tire tread pattern, etc. All of Chevy’s models become variations of Ferrari’s 458 Spider in appearance. But by Ferrari winning a lawsuit against Chevy, Chevy is forced to create different looking cars – such as the Corvette, Camaro, Volt, Malibu, Cruz, Sonic and Spark. This causes consumers to have more options.

    Because of Apple’s win, there will be MORE PHONE OPTIONS. After all, Samsung still wants to make billions of dollars in the smartphone market. After all, Samsung still wants to sell more smartphones than Apple.

    Samsung will just have to make different looking smartphones. It actually has to be more creative – like MICROSOFT, Sony, and the car companies.

    This is a win for consumers.

  • AtheistLibertarian

    Samsung…. Parasitic plagarists.

  • samsung bitch

    samsung deserves that, fuck you samsung users

  • Cory

    There will always be new gizmos and gadgets. The real question is do you really need it. Look at how many things were accomplished before computers. Today instead of thinking of solutions to problems and being truly innovative, we just google everything.

    • Chispa

      You must be at least 50 to leave a lame comment like that. Technology will change the world.

  • Michael

    Oh god…