Monday, August 27, 2012

Apple Wins - Samsung Pays - Blackberry keeps their money for another day!

The nine-person jury came to a unanimous conclusion today regarding the Apple vs. Samsung... It appears that Apple outplayed Samsung in its Patent infringement litigation... I wonder how Apple was able to do this in a more successful manner than their competitor RIM (blackberry) and their many stalled or failed attempts at the same...In the link aforementioned above, RIM did get a California judge to reverse the earlier decision that would have caused them some financial distress as they were accused of patent infringements...

THE ISSUE: Apple Inc. claimed Samsung Electronics Co.'s smartphones and computer tablets "slavishly copied" the iPhones and iPads. Samsung countered with its own claims that Apple used its wireless technology without proper compensation.

THE VERDICT: A nine-person jury unanimously agreed with Apple and ordered Samsung to pay $1 billion. Most of the damages were tied to Samsung's smartphones. It rejected Samsung's counterclaims.

THE FALLOUT: The award represents about 1.5 percent of Samsung's annual revenue. Analysts said the embarrassment of the verdict is a bigger blow for Samsung than the financial setback. Still, the question remains whether Samsung and other Apple competitors will have to redesign their smartphones to avoid infringing Apple's patents. Most analysts agree the verdict sends a threatening message to device makers like Samsung who use Google's Android operating system.

THE IRONY:  Both of the companies are still tied up in the courts of nine other countries. This represented essentially 1/10'th of the ongoing legal issues regarding the patent infringement case... Before the verdict was rendered in California early on Friday, the judge in a South Korean court issued a split-verdict. Basically, the judge ordered both companies to pay the other nominal damages and court costs. No winner there...just a waste of time and money for the judiciary system. Oh wait, the court made money from court fees that both sides had to pay upon rendering the verdict. The plaintiff had to pay for filing paperwork to bring the defendant to court. Both companies had to pay legal fees to act on the filed motions...Maybe the only one that wins is the lawyers, judges, and clerks that are paid to process and the mindless paperwork involved with cases like these. No way, the lawyers simply cannot be the only winners... can they?

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