The feeling of the sweet, sweet victory isamazing. The trial, which took place inSan Jose, California, ended with a clear pro-Apple verdict. At least for now.
The jury decided that Samsungwillfullyinfringed Apples software patents and Apple iPhone design patents; and diluted Apples trade dress for the iPhone. Thus, Apple was awarded damages of nearly 1.05Billion dollars,with a B,for what Samsungs violations have caused. On the other hand, Samsung was awardedNOdamages for their claims that Apple infringed some of their patents. Awesome. Also,allof Apples patents were proofedvalid,apparently. Of course, the trial continues, as Samsung tries to avoid some major damages, especially that 1.05B dollar figure. The next hearings are coming, starting later next month. Well, i guess you know the rest.
Tim Cook, in a closed (and leaked) direct message to Apples employees, said:
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.Its 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 Samsungs copying went far deeper than we knew.
The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsungs behavior willful and forsending a loud and clear message that stealing isnt right.
I am very proud of the work that each of you do.
Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.
And indeed, Tims right. Apple doesnt needs that 1.05B dollars, nor the whole thing is about the patents, which Apple repeatedly tried to license in a reasonable price to Samsung. Its about what Tim Cook said earlier this year at the D10 Conference to Walt Mossberg. Its about signing ones name on a painting that someone else put energy into finishing and about Applescore values, which Steve Jobs alsopassionatelydefended.
And indeed Applecreatedthis painting. No one can accuse Apple ofstealingthe idea or the design -or whatever- of the iPhone or the iPad. With that huge number of Applesprototypeconcepts which appeared in court this period of time, you can understand that Apple worked on theideaof these products way before their official release (obviously), and phones like Prada and any prior-iPhone Samsung mobiles or that amazingly stupid MS WinXP Tablet have nothing to do with Apple. Get over it.
And the Samboys and Fandroids are still keep crying around, complaining about the ruling, the patent law system, the jury, the judge, the weather and whatever other possible you can imagine. I wonder if they would complained about the same thing if Samsung won at least some of their claims. Its clearlyridiculous. Poor Sammy.
All of thatunfiltered contemptabout many many things, including Apple, and that anti-Applehatredi really cannot understand, are driving this industry into oblivion and not Apples tries to protect their creations. Thehidden desireof mostly every Android and Samsung user to have an iPhone and their try to overcome this with something similar, a copy, a Samsung. Apple is thevictimhere.
And if Samsung is so innovative and so creative -by getting inspired by nature- why not push itself tocreatesomething a thousand times better thantheir copies productsor iPhone? Why not create somethingcompletely different? Apple did it. I guess the Koreans can come up with something better, right? And i havent seen Apple in courts with Microsoft about WindowsPhone or Nokias Lumia designs. And i respect MS because they know how to play, they respect, theypay for the patentsthey use and they create something cool and different. The whole ecosystem they are creating with the WindowsPhone, Windows 8, Xbox, Skydrive, Office and the new Outlook, all of these are justamazing.
Samsung willfully brought consumers into this situation by willfully copying Apples design and software patents. They knew they were playing with fire, but they were way too selfish and avid to stop it. The laws have spoken, and Samsung has to face the penalty for their illegal actions.Apparently, i will keep following the trial closely until its end, and i believe that justice will prevail.