You knew it'd happen. Despite being handed down on a Friday, the ruling over the Apple vs. Samsung
patent trial was going to evoke statements, and potentially more, from both sides. And now that the verdict is in, both Apple and Samsung are making public statements. Naturally, the tones on each side could not possibly be more different. Apple
is celebrating the outcome as a victory for innovation, saying that it was "about values." Of course, the same Apple that celebrates these values says nothing of the Notification Center pull-down UI that it seemingly snagged from Android, nor of iMessage and its similarity to RIM's BBM protocol. At any rate, here's Apple's blurb:
"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."
On the other side of the fence, Samsung is already voicing its right to an appeal. It's also suggesting that the ruling will hugely harm consumers, with fewer choices across the industry and perhaps higher prices, too. Sure, a billion dollars isn't a huge sum for a company like Samsung, but the impact will last well after the check is written. Here's Samsung's quote:
"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."
Needless to say, we haven't seen the end of this one.