Aug 28, 2012

Samsung v Apple: does the law snuff out the magic?

Samsung lost its most recent patents battle with Apple in the US, but the war is far from over. Kimberlee Weatherall wonders what it means for other cases -- and the magic of technology.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that last Friday the “tech trial of the century” — the patent battle between Apple and Samsung in the US — generated another big event. And how. After a mere three days’ deliberation, the jury delivered its answers to the 700 or so put before it. The bottom line: Samsung lost on most points, and the jury ordered a $1.5 billion verdict against Samsung.

This is certainly big, as the market reaction suggests: Samsung’s shares took a 7.5% hit in one day on the Korean stock exchange; Apple’s shares rose about 2.5%. But there are limits to the direct impact of the litigation.

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2 thoughts on “Samsung v Apple: does the law snuff out the magic?

  1. John Bennetts

    I need a new phone to replace my aging Nokia, perhaps one with some whistles and bells.

    What I don’t want is to deal with ramifications and implications and uncertainties of IP law and the Apple-versus-the-world fight.

    How long will I have to wait before I can make my decision confidently? Will IP law need to be re-written before clarity prevails? Will I even live that long?

  2. Demas

    When Steve Jobs complained about the Windows GUI being similar to the Mac/Lisa GUI Bill Gates is reputed to have said, “If you go into someone’s house and steal the TV you shouldn’t complain if another person goes in after you and steals the Microwave”, referring to the early development of the GUI concept by Xerox (The Xerox Alto being the first “desktop” to have a GUI).

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