The $1.1 billion dollar verdict is newsworthy, but it may turn out to favor Samsung in the long run.
1) The jury was creative in their application of patent law. Unlikely that this case would hold up on appeal. If it doesn't hold up on appeal or the judge vacates the verdict, then the $1.1 billion award is nullified and Samsung has lost nothing.
2) It was an outrageous amount for actual damages, so Samsung may get sympathy points when the case is heard in international courts.
3) Samsung got a lot of great publicity for their new phone.
It's a big deal that Japan ruled for Samsung, because Japanese patent proceedings are very highly regarded internationally.
The real long-term loser in this one will probably be the small inventor. The size of this verdict may scare inventors, along with new "loser pays legal fees" legislation kicking around.
Japan ruled for Samsung. This is a really big deal because Japanese patents are of generally of extremely high quality and the Japanese patent system is very highly regarded.
The U.S. verdict is generally regarded as a creative application of patent law and generally unfair to Samsung. Samsung may be enjoyi additional success in their patent battles in international jurisdictions because of the size of the judgment here, and a feeling that the judgment wasn't warranted by the facts of the case.
So today the Apple-Samsung patent scorecard looks like:
I recall a discussion at Sun's Developer Forum regarding smartphones(hybrid we called it) and Apple ocming out with a phone called the iPhone. This discussion took place in 2002 when Apple was focus was far away from phone development. We all know the iPhone came to market in 2002. My question is, how can we find out when Apple first discussed entering the phone market? is it possible the discussion which took place at Java developer forum was the catalyst? everything from usability/need to battery life concerns were discussed.
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