Apple-Samsung Trial Verdict: The Reactions From Apple, Samsung, And Others

Apple-Samsung Trial Verdict: The Reactions From Apple, Samsung, And Others

Apple has won a massive damages sum of nearly $1.05 billion in the patent trial against Samsung and the reaction from the technology community has been vast and swift.

In an email immediately following the verdict, Forrester Research Principal Analyst Charles Golvin told us the main takeaway from the verdict is the focus on innovation. Companies will now be forced to create legitimately different products, or at least engineer some without extravagantly similar features:

The jury particularly vindicates Apple’s software patents and their decision has implications not just for Samsung, but also for Google, other Android device makers like LG, HTC, and Motorola, but also potentially for Microsoft who employs features such as pinch to zoom, bounce on scroll, etc. These competitors are now forced to go back to the drawing board and come up with substantively different designs — or seek settlement terms with Apple. Since many of these controls are now built into the expectations of customers in how they work their phones, those are substantive challenges.

Gartner analyst and VP of Mobile Research Van Baker agrees the redesign of products in the long term is an issue but that it won’t affect any products anytime soon.

This is a clear win for Apple but it will have little impact on the market in the near term as it is highly likely that there will be an appeal so we will have to repeat the process. If sustained it has the potential to force Samsung to redesign a number of products and it will apply significant pressure on all smartphone and tablet makers to avoid trying to emulate the Apple designs as they bring new products to market.

Earlier, the two principals in the case immediately followed the shocking judgement with their own statements.

Apple spokeswoman Katie Cotton gave a statement to The New York Times, saying the verdict reflected the values of innovation instilled deep in the company:

We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trail showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.

Samsung’s statement was defensive as expected and placed blame upon the court system. It also warned of a coming appeal.

Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.

Comments from people in the industry keep trickling in.

One of the most loud critics of the verdict so far is tech entrepreneur Mark Cuban, who’s unleashed a series of angry tweets the last few hours:

Thx Apple, it’s now mandatory for big tech companies to sue each other. Prices go up while competition and innovation suffer #appleflation

Dear Apple, what do you really accomplish with all of these patent lawsuits? Signed a former customer.

Dear Apple, Xerox PARC called, they want their interface back.
If the IBM PC was created in this patent environment there would be no Apple. They would have sued them out of existence.

We’ll keep updating this post with comments from other major figures as we find them. Please let us know in the comments if you find any.

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  • robert_walter

    Just because Mark Cuban says it, doesn’t mean it is true… (I specifically recall that Apple paid for access to PARC ideas.) Also, if he is right about nobody suing in the past, this didn’t particularly help IBM’s PC division (given away to Lenovo), nor Xerox to establish itself in the PC business …

  • hanhothi

    This is a BAD day for the tech industry. Tap to zoom may be a legitimate Apple innovation (although it is uncomfortably similar to double clicking with the mouse and similar tablet gestures) but PINCH to zoom? It is a natural human gesture, just like swiping! This is going to seriously stifle innovation in a big way. I am really disgusted with Apple of late, now behaving like the bully. I have no Android products, and 5 of Apples devices, but I really do not think I can continue to support Apple and purchase any more of their products if they are going to behave like this.

  • QJeremiah

    Wonderful, the copycats just got one billion reasons to make something of their own.

  • Koban4max

    This is a BAD day for the tech industry. Tap to zoom may be a legitimate Apple innovation (although it is uncomfortably similar to double clicking with the mouse and similar tablet gestures) but PINCH to zoom? It is a natural human gesture, just like swiping! This is going to seriously stifle innovation in a big way. I am really disgusted with Apple of late, now behaving like the bully. I have no Android products, and 5 of Apples devices, but I really do not think I can continue to support Apple and purchase any more of their products if they are going to behave like this.

    Nobody cares whether you buy apple products or not. Don’t even bother to come to this forum then.. They are protecting their assets. What is wrong with that?. SS were given warning about jacking apple’s products.

  • JØse Luis

    JUSTICE: I love the smell of that word after a year-long trial process…Crapsung, you can start designing your own devices, for once in your life…. #problem?

  • Sander Strijbos

    This is not a bad day for innovation, it’s a bad day for laziness. If you want to be a top player in this field, then make sure you have the brains and know-how to create fantastic products. Samsung, LG, etc. can all create great products, as they have proven in the past, but they should not be based (so obviously) on other the innovations of other companies (like Apple). If you’re going to use something, pay for it. Let’s be honest, in the way of smartphones there is now pre-iPhone and post-iPhone. The iPhone was a game changer and everybody wanted on board ASAP. And now they pay the price to the tune of 1 billion $. This is not a loss to innovation or the consumer (anywhere), but one good step to create a more diverse field of smartphones, instead of the small army of iPhone wannabes…

  • ddevito

    This is a BAD day for the tech industry. Tap to zoom may be a legitimate Apple innovation (although it is uncomfortably similar to double clicking with the mouse and similar tablet gestures) but PINCH to zoom? It is a natural human gesture, just like swiping! This is going to seriously stifle innovation in a big way. I am really disgusted with Apple of late, now behaving like the bully. I have no Android products, and 5 of Apples devices, but I really do not think I can continue to support Apple and purchase any more of their products if they are going to behave like this.

    Absolutely agreed. Just wait for Google to unleash Motorola’s patents on Apple. Unfortunately for the the tech world and consumers this isn’t over.

  • ddevito
    This is a BAD day for the tech industry. Tap to zoom may be a legitimate Apple innovation (although it is uncomfortably similar to double clicking with the mouse and similar tablet gestures) but PINCH to zoom? It is a natural human gesture, just like swiping! This is going to seriously stifle innovation in a big way. I am really disgusted with Apple of late, now behaving like the bully. I have no Android products, and 5 of Apples devices, but I really do not think I can continue to support Apple and purchase any more of their products if they are going to behave like this.

    Nobody cares whether you buy apple products or not. Don’t even bother to come to this forum then.. They are protecting their assets. What is wrong with that?. SS were given warning about jacking apple’s products.

    This is a BAD day for the tech industry. Tap to zoom may be a legitimate Apple innovation (although it is uncomfortably similar to double clicking with the mouse and similar tablet gestures) but PINCH to zoom? It is a natural human gesture, just like swiping! This is going to seriously stifle innovation in a big way. I am really disgusted with Apple of late, now behaving like the bully. I have no Android products, and 5 of Apples devices, but I really do not think I can continue to support Apple and purchase any more of their products if they are going to behave like this.

    Nobody cares whether you buy apple products or not. Don’t even bother to come to this forum then.. They are protecting their assets. What is wrong with that?. SS were given warning about jacking apple’s products.

    This isn’t protection of assets – this is they’re unable to out-innovate the competition. Android is for real and it’s too late. This won’t change anything. Google is clearly the better innovator in this space, all Apple can do is apply for silly patents. Weak.

  • ddevito

    Good artists copy.
    Real artists steal.

    How the tides how turned.
    #boycottapple

  • jamz82277

    Apple got their win from 9 people who live within the city that practically worships Apple, in a court room ten miles from Apple headquarters. Go figure. Wait until this case hits Washington (and it will). It’s going to be overturned, and this isn’t Apple’s biggest problem- Motorola is. They just made Google/Motorola Really mad I imagine, and there are a few non-standard-essential patents they are in violation of from Motorola… And Google got the money to take Them to court. What’s gonna happen next is gonna be REALLY ugly for Apple. Enjoy your win- It won’t even put a dent in Samsung’s bottom line, but what Motorola is about to do will cut Apple’s throat. I can’t wait for this. Apple the invalid patent troll is about to get a taste of some Real medicine.

  • 5imo

    Who let the trolls out woof, woof, woof, woof. They stole, brought nothing to the table got sued, lost! get over it. Don’t act like Samsung have ever revolutionized a market or a product when they havent. Google has with search and have innovated with Android but they didn’t launch a game changing smartphone in 2007 and havent since.

  • bking2911

    All of you in here saying this is a bad outcome for us is just plain (for lack of a better term) dumb. These are pattens that were issued to apple, if Samsung wanted to use these features all they had to do is pay a liscensing fee just like MS does. But they chose to copy and tried to get away with it. Samsung is a big company and frankly they have the resources and talent do better but they got sucked in by the iPhones elegance and superior design and flat out copied it to simply to make money now they have to pay up. Hopefully this makes them more motivated to get back in the lab and come up with divices that will rival apples and I hope they make away with the cheap plastics used to manufacture their devices and charge just as much for their divices as apple does when it’s clear apple has the superior hardware. I was one to say apple products were overpriced so I bought a dell pc within a year the cheap plastic was breaking and the screen was blacking out every five minutes. Then I bought a Mac and three years latter i have had no hardware or software issues. As a consumer this the best outcome for apple and Samsung and any other phone manufacture because this will force them to come up with their own unique design and let the consumers choose what they prefer.

  • Jeff1741

    Maybe now Samsung will actually make some original. Tell me again how that’s bad for consumers?

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