Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Aug 2012 23:54 UTC
Legal And just like that, within a matter of days, the jury has reached a verdict in Apple vs. Samsung. The basic gist is simple: Apple's software patents are valid, and many Samsung devices infringe upon them. Apple's iPhone 3G trade dress is valid, and Samsung's Galaxy S line infringes, but other devices did not. Samsung did not infringe Apple's iPad design patent. Apple did not infringe any of Samsung's patents. Apple is awarded a little over $1 billion in damages. Competition lost today, and developers in the United States should really start to get worried - software patents got validated big time today.
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Miguk seki, Hanguk ottogi
by orfanum on Sat 25th Aug 2012 01:23 UTC
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Meaning, literally, 'American brat, Korean Daruma doll' a toy that rights itself if pushed.

Apple may have won this battle but for me it has lost the war; it has in the moment of its market triumph, being counted as the most valuable company ever, demonstrated that it does not believe in the market, or give credence to customers, who ultimately make Apple what it is. Apple has given itself an indelible reputation.

The irony is that, since Apple depends on Samsung for much of its component supply, the latter cannot really lose, and there might even be the possibility that Samsung could use its supply-side advantage to favour other companies; after all, Apple once had to make a major break with PPC on account of supply bottlenecks.

And Samsung will be known about much more now in its own right thanks to this case; and even Apple consumers may now seek out an SIII or a Galaxy Tab just to see what the fuss has been about; yes, in the medium term some Samsung products may get banned, but new models will come that will not fall under that category, and many, shall we say 'casual' Apple users will do their own compare and contrast. The result may backfire on Apple in more ways than one.

On the other hand, the 'slap' for Samsung may sting now but like any corporal punishment, as it were, it's soon over. And the Koreans are nothing if not used to taking hard knocks, and bouncing back, ready for more.

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RE: Miguk seki, Hanguk ottogi
by ze_jerkface on Sat 25th Aug 2012 01:36 in reply to "Miguk seki, Hanguk ottogi"
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I think you make some good points but I don't see this backfiring at all.

To most consumers this is all background noise. Corporation A wins money in court from Corporation B. Whatever.

In a few months it will be:

The new iPads are here! The new iPads are here! I am somebody!

No one gave a shit about Apple factory workers killing themselves. People would rather read about a pig that likes to drink root beer.

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orfanum Member since:

I am not so sure; at one time here in the UK, the 'Murdoch Empire' seemed to be unassailable. Now the very family is apparently tearing itself apart and disagreeing vehemently in public.

I would not understimate a similar tipping point here.

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orfanum Member since:

Perhaps it is not representative but look at the comments regarding his story on the BBC News site, highest rated first:

I doubt all these are tech enthusiasts of the sort that would delve much but they seem to have understood the gist, and Apple isn't coming off well at all.

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