Saturday, August 25, 2012
Apple 1 Samsung 0
Trademarks are trademarks, patents are patents and copyright is copyright and all should and need to be protected but one has to question the findings of a US jury in San Jose. They have delivered a massive blow to Samsung and awarded Apple $1.05bn (£665m) in damages in an intellectual property lawsuit.
The ironic thing is that Samsung are one of Apple’s largest suppliers of chips and other technology which underpin its own iOS technology. It also begs the question as to whether the result would have been the same if Samsung was US and Apple from South Korea?
Now follows lengthy and costly appeals and Apple pressing for import bans against Samsung’s devices and probably others.
Is this a good result for consumers? In the short run probably not as it will certainly slow down the Android market and restrict some devices. Apple will continue to dominate the tablet market and prices will remain at a premium. The one party that may be rubbing their hands today are also American and being late to the party now have a chance to shine through being different – Microsoft.