Almost karma like, as reported by All Things Digital, on the one year anniversary of Steve Jobs stepping down as Apple’s CEO, he got some vindication in his threat of “thermonuclear war” on Android. A jury found largely guilty Samsung in willfully copying Apples patents and awarded almost 1.5 billion.
I was amazed at how many people where watching this and engaging the topic on Social Media. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about the trial. If you look at the above photo you can see the definite likeness’ that Samsung copied. I remember seeing that phone years ago and wondering why Apple hadnt sued over it as it was an almost exact copy.
In the trial they found damning evidence in communications of Samsung working to copy the Apple product. It was the “smoking gun.” You have to remember there is a difference between “accidental” and “willful intent.” Willful Intent is the intentional performance of an unreasonable act in disregard of a known risk, making it highly probable that harm will be caused. The jury found Samsung as intent on copying Apple. Theft is the act of taking someone else’ property for gain. Apple also attempted to work out an agreement before the lawsuit and Samsung refused.
In the end it all may be lost in appellate courts for the next 10 years and one billion is a drop in the bucket for these companies. Samsung didnt care enough to send over from Asia its management to defend itself at trial. But, it will do some very defining things. Is it a loss for consumers as stated by Samsung? I dont think so. This will force Android makers to work harder at innovation and making newer and better products. It will give them a better chance to make something better than Apple or at least drive Apple to also innovate more. I do have to say the newest phone Samsung Galaxy S3 comes very close to having something innovative and better than the iPhone product without copying it. Better phones for you and I. Less copying, more innovating.