Apple, Samsung Release Statements Following Court Decision; Microsoft Gloats
August 24, 2012 8:54 PM
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Want to guess which company is breaking out the champagne tonight?
jury reached a verdict today
and they found Samsung guilty on multiple counts of infringing upon Apple design and software patents. While Apple was able to hold Samsung's feet to the fire on the majority of its utility patents, Samsung received no love from the jurors on its countersuit claims.
The jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1,051,855,000 USD ($1.05B USD) in damages. Apple owes Samsung absolutely nothing.
Apple CEO Tim Cook [Image Source: Paul Sakuma, Associated Press]
Not surprisingly, both Apple and Samsung have issued statements to the
New York Times
regarding the decision. First up, Apple:
We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it. 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. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
And now we have Samsung, which is clearly not pleased with the outcome of this case:
Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. 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. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.
And even though Microsoft had absolutely nothing to do with this trial (Microsoft can
safely sit on the sidelines
as a spectator), Bill Cox, senior director of Marketing Communications for Windows Phone,
added his two cents
in on the decision:
Considering Microsoft’s current position in the
, we’re not quite sure it's “winning” in this case.
Updated 8/25/2012 @ 2:53am EST
has received an internal memo
sent to Apple employees by Apple CEO Tim Cook. In the memo, which features similar wording to the statement issued by Apple after the ruling, Cook describes how taking Samsung to court wasn't about the "patents or money":
Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere.
Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than we knew.
The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
I am very proud of the work that each of you do.
Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.
The New York Times
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Copying at its finist
8/25/2012 3:11:07 AM
Gotta love how apple 'copied' and 'pasted' it's own comment to both internal employees and The New York Times:
"It’s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth."
Because we all know Apple innovates in everything that they do....except taking the time to create a different sentence.
RE: Copying at its finist
8/25/2012 3:12:06 AM
finest* before the Apple troolllllllolololols.
RE: Copying at its finist
8/26/2012 9:28:50 AM
i especially love how apple was "reluctant" to engage in lawsuit. i'm pretty sure if i belched the word "rectangle with rounded corners" that apple would sue me.
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