Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Apple: 1, Samsung: 0

Meanwhile, outside of the land of politics an important court ruling came down last week that made Apple stock soar through the roof.  In the case of Apple v. Samsung, Apple successfully sued its competitor Samsung for patent infringement.   Per the NY Times:

Apple won a decisive victory on Friday in a lawsuit against Samsung, a verdict that will give Apple ammunition in a far-flung patent war with its global competitors in the smartphone business. 
The nine jurors in the case, who faced the daunting task of answering more than 700 questions on sometimes highly technical matters, returned a verdict after just three days of deliberations at a federal courthouse in San Jose, Calif. They found that Samsung infringed on a series of Apple’s patents on mobile devices, awarding Apple more than $1 billion in damages.
That is not a big financial blow to Samsung, one of the world’s largest electronics companies. But the decision could essentially force it and other smartphone makers to redesign their products to be less Apple-like, or risk further legal defeats.
Consumers could end up with some welcome diversity in phone and tablet design — or they may be stuck with devices that manufacturers have clumsily revamped to avoid crossing Apple.
It didn't take long for Apple to put its ruling to working to its advantage.  Apple has now called for 8 Samsung smartphones and tablets to be BANNED from the U.S.  Per USA Today:

 In the wake of its legal victory, Apple on Monday wasted no time in naming eight Samsung smartphones it now wants the court to order pulled from stores and banned from the U.S....
Apple has asked the court for injunctions on Samsung's Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 (AT&T), Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail. Apple earlier was granted an injunction banning Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
Legal experts say people who already own these devices shouldn't worry about the outcome affecting them or their warranties.
 Samsung will clearly appeal this decision.

1. Which do you like better, Apple or Samsung (or none of the above)?
2. Do you think Samsung copied Apple's products?
3. Any guesses as to who Apple takes on next?

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