‘Apple must’ “be furious” at the Samsung verdict…
Way to spin a story — rather than focusing on the meaning — Samsung is guilty of copying Apple— the press are focusing on the amount of compensation assigned by the jury. Now, the numbers may be low — no more than it would take to send many thousands of us on a splendid all-expenses paid four-star vacation on some tropical paradise for several months — but they appear consistent with what big corporations should pay to license patents. Though they don’t seem to include much in the way of punishment for doing so without permission, but get this:
- Samsung has been found guilty on several key patents.
- Apple has been found guilty on one patent Samsung spent two million dollars on specifically for this trial — Samsung didn’t own it at the time of Apple’s “infraction”.
Whatever. I don’t see any fury in Apple’s statement on the matter. Because Apple has been justified in its belief that Samsung’s “benchmarking” of iOS features crossed the line into what Apple likes to call “slavish imitation”.
But let’s ignore that this is no longer Apple’s belief, but a courtroom-proven FACT and focus on the numbers, because big numbers make people dizzy.
Apple’s statement says what you really need to know — the ability to legitimately make such a statement was and is worth billions of dollars and hours in the legal system, as whatever those weird pro-Android commentators say, this is now factual and proven by the courts:
“We are grateful to the jury and the court for their service. Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: that Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products. We are fighting to defend the hard work that goes into beloved products like the iPhone, which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers.”
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