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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RE[4]: Appeal Coming Soon
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 25th Aug 2012 15:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Appeal Coming Soon"
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

Apple earns almost 60% of it's IPhone revenue from international sales


Sounds impressive, until you do the actual math:

40% of iPhone revenue comes from the US, so 4.5% of the world's population is responsible for 40% of iPhone revenue. This means that the remaining 60% comes from 95.5% of the world's population. This is an incredibly skewed division - it means that a small sales drop in the US can easily have harsh repercussions for bottom line. No spreading of risks here - all eggs in one basket.

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RE[5]: Appeal Coming Soon
by jared_wilkes on Sat 25th Aug 2012 17:20 in reply to "RE[4]: Appeal Coming Soon"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Now do the actual math based on the actual population size of the smartphone and/or tablet markets for US v. international rather than raw population.

Now do the actual math based on the wealth of actual population size of the smartphone and/or tablet markets for US v. international.

Oops, not so skewed at all.

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RE[6]: Appeal Coming Soon
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 25th Aug 2012 17:52 in reply to "RE[5]: Appeal Coming Soon"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Now do the actual math based on the actual population size of the smartphone and/or tablet markets for US v. international rather than raw population.

Now do the actual math based on the wealth of actual population size of the smartphone and/or tablet markets for US v. international.

Oops, not so skewed at all.


You do understand that Europe alone is more populous and has a more even wealth distribution than the US right? Europe alone is a larger smartphone market than the US - add in South America, India, Japan, China, Russia, and Australia, and the US is *peanuts*.

Typical US-centric view of the world.

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RE[5]: Appeal Coming Soon
by brichpmr on Sun 26th Aug 2012 11:51 in reply to "RE[4]: Appeal Coming Soon"
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

"Apple earns almost 60% of it's IPhone revenue from international sales


Sounds impressive, until you do the actual math:

40% of iPhone revenue comes from the US, so 4.5% of the world's population is responsible for 40% of iPhone revenue. This means that the remaining 60% comes from 95.5% of the world's population. This is an incredibly skewed division - it means that a small sales drop in the US can easily have harsh repercussions for bottom line. No spreading of risks here - all eggs in one basket.
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It also means that Apple's iPhone growth potential outside of the US market is substantial, and places them in a stronger position to weather downward fluctuations in revenue from the home market. Of course, Apple has been walking on the high wire for decades as endless naysayers predicted their demise. My, how the worm turns.

Edited 2012-08-26 12:00 UTC

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