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Want to guess which company is breaking out the champagne tonight?

The 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 smartphone marketplace, we’re not quite sure it's “winning” in this case.


Updated 8/25/2012 @ 2:53am EST
9to5Mac 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.
 
Tim

Sources: The New York Times, Twitter



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RE: Unpalatable truths and the future of Android
By Tony Swash on 8/25/2012 10:37:52 AM , Rating: -1
Once you get over the shock of the unpalatable truth, that most ordinary people when shown the facts will agree with Apple and so Apple can expect a high probability of continuing to win such jury decided cases, once the shock of that has passed, you and the Android community still have to work out how to take your great project forward in new circumstances.

How can Google exert a more ethical leadership of the Android community and of's OEMs? How can Android OEMs make exciting and attractive and profitable products while remaining legal? Neither of those things will be easy. Google while powering ahead with Android development has shunned taking responsibility for what it has unleashed. The Android OEMs, on the whole, are a pathetic bunch who even given the life line of Android mostly teeter on the edge of commercial oblivion. Samsung is a mighty competitor and business but it has lazily let itself become addicted to the mediocrity of product and business cloning and now it must rise to the occasion and start innovating consistently. It has shown it can do that sporadically it just needs to overcome it's addiction to cloning and start innovating consistently.

You throw words like 'cunt ' around because you are very angry but now is the time for focus, how is Android going to put it's house in order? Whining because you got in trouble for shady and shifty practices will do Android, Google or Samsung no good and those who support them need to make their contributions to relinquishing the culture of victimhood.

It's time to move on and fess up.


By inaphasia on 8/25/2012 11:17:34 AM , Rating: 2
No Tony, I'm not angry. I couldn't be. I don't own anything by Samsung and I don't have an Android device either.

My point was that nobody likes a patent troll.

My point was that it's ok to call a genius like Edison a cunt if you think you can back up your opinion when challenged.

My point was that sociopaths are not good role-models.


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