After months of drama, one of the biggest trials in the history of technology has come to an end: Apple “won”, apparently.
Of course, it’s not over yet, it will never be, as long as Apple will exist, they will complain.
But the big news is: Samsung infringed Apple patents, it’s now official.
They infringed design patents on a lot of devices (I’m no design expert, but the blackboard I have in my room vaguely resembles an iPad, will they sue me?) and three software patents.
As I said, I’m no design expert, so what software did Samsung copy from Apple?
- Double tap to zoom
- The interface “bounce” on scroll
Oh Samsung, how could you? How could you use features used in all touchscreen devices nowadays? That’s just evil.
Irony apart, now Samsung has to pay Apple over 1 billion dollars. How do you think Apple will spend this money? Improving their products or suing other companies for infringing their precious design patents? Apparently they’re already in another legal battle with Motorola (I don’t follow too much these lawsuits, they make no sense to me), so that was a rhetorical question.
From an average user point of view: I don’t care, it’s not my money after all.
From a tech guy point of view: this verdict makes no sense to me. Apple almost makes Sony look like a good company.
Samsung also announced they will continue the legal battle in other courts.
As Samsung lawyers stated, the ones who lose the most here are the consumers, this is the demonstration that the “free market” isn’t that free after all when you can’t even shape your products like your competitors’. The result is less products on the market and higher prices.
Funny fact #1: Lucy Koh, the judge who issued this verdict is the same one who suggested their lawyers were doing drugs, a week ago.
Funny fact #2: I’m writing this post from a Samsung device.