It seems like Apple had made itself a lot more enemies, not in the market but in the court. First off is the Apple VS Samsung war, a large battle which resulted in two weeks of accusing one another. The battle has ended officially Friday, and Apple had won great, accumulating a large $1billion in damages.
Here are the decisions:
– On the question of patents on the bounce-back technology featured in Galaxy line of smartphones immediately following the launch of the iPhone, Samsung is liable.
– On the question of pinch and zoom technologies, mostly based on one and two fingered control, the jury finds Samsung is guilty. Not all of the phones and tablets have been tagged as liable but many of them. (The damage figures could be huge.)
– On the question of tap and zoom technologies, Samsung is guilty. There are fewer devices dinged.
– Jury finds Samsung should have known that its divisions were enabling infringement actions.
– Jury finds Samsung DID NOT infringe iPad patents. That’s one on the column for Samsung.
– On the question of User-Interface, mostly based on the iconography of the front screen of the iPhone, the jury finds Samsung guilty.
– This might be the biggest one so far: On the question of willfulness on most of the infringement of patents, the jury finds Samsung guilty as well.
– The jury ultimately upholds most of Apple’s patents.
– The jury decides against awarding Samsung any damages, Zero.
– The jury finds Samsung did not break Apple’s antitrust exception.
Next is the Kodak patent war, which sued the three giants (Apple, Samsung and Google) for digital imaging patents, as an 'insurance' in case it did not sell well. The winner is all the three giants, for they paired together to buy Kodak (smart move!).
Final battle (for now) is Google's Motorola, claiming the iPhone 4s and iCloud infringes it's patents, and rumors say that Motorola is trying to ban Apple products in the USA (the similar threat Apple gave to Samsung)
The court is now full of tech. Is it so hard to dominate that it has to be settled in the court room? Leave your comments below. (Samuel Vedrik - Kontributor Bhinneka Post)