With the billion dollar patent trial between Apple and Samsung going into the history books, its time for the companies to say why this was or wasn’t a good thing.
The court is still in session as the final motions are being filed, and the paperwork is being finalized in the Apple Vs. Samsung case that saw the former win $1,049,343,540 in damages for patent infringements. Both companies have already issued statements about their opinions on the case.
Apple issued a statement on the verdict via company spokesperson Katie Cotton.
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 trial 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 of course had a very different tone to it.
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.
There is an injunction hearing scheduled for Sept. 20, so there are sure to be more fallout from this case as time goes on.
[via The New York Times]