Apple Vs. Samsung Patent War
The case is coming to a close! I think the verdict in this will decide quite a bit about copyrights, patents and IP (intellectual property) rights in this century. As much as we want to see competition, that doesn’t mean we can allow some one stealing your hard work overnight. To me in this case Samsung’s arguments are looking lame. Look at the timeline of the phones that are developed by both the companies. Apple came up with iPhone in 2007. Look at the form factor, look and feel of Samsung since 2009-2010! Who is aping who?
If we leave the ethical part of it, for pure business reasons it is right thing for Apple to pursue this, since Samsung’s designs are damaging the uniqueness of apple products and confusing the users. In my view Samsung should have bought the patents from Apple and either used them as it is or improvised on them. In stead it decided to outright copy! Here I want to mention what Japanese companies like Sony or Panasonic did way back in the 60s and 70s. They bought the patents and improvised on them to beat the originators. In stead of taking this honorable approach Samsung chose to copy. It is kind of ironic(and amusing) that one of Samsung designers claimed they could come up with the new design within 3 months after they had an internal memo which said ‘the iPhone threw a crisis of design’ within Samsung’s phone department! Apple had to toil from 2003 to 2007 (4 years) to be able to come up with thier product for which they long produced evidence and then comes along companies like Samsung (there are others too like HTC too. Also Google’s android copied many of the iOS features outright which will be another battle that will come up soon).
Having said all this, I believe there are few (wireless related) patents probably infringed by apple too for which they need to pay too. But the sum total of damage seems more to Apple products. Here is an article about the closing arguments on this case.