Well, as I reported earlier, the jury in the Apple versus Samsung legal battle has returned their verdict this evening, and it goes heavily in Apple's favor. This precedent setting case has, from the start, been about far more that just the billion plus dollars the jury awarded Apple. Rather this case, and the jury's subsequent ruling in Apple's favor, has already been sending shockwaves through the world of smartphones and tablets. Apple now has the momentum, and it's clear that companies that may have thought they got away with blatant patent infringement and theft of intellectual property (cough, Google, cough) may indeed have somethings to worry about. Apple decisively won this case (even assuming Samsung appeals to the extent of the law) and since their revolutionary product was released in 2007, the world of smartphones has simply not been the same, (or rather it's been more the same than ever), as other manufacturers raced to ride Apple's coat-tails to the bank. So many phones now look and (try to) act like the iPhone. With the decision of this jury, a clear message has been sent: manufactures of all these Apple knockoffs have been given ample fair warning.
In an email to Apple corporate employees Apple's CEO issued these following words:
Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere.
Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than we knew.
The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
I am very proud of the work that each of you do.
Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.
(originally reported by 9 to 5 Mac)
Indeed, congratulations to Apple on their hard fought and well deserved victory! Stay tuned, I will have more on this breaking news story as the dust settles and new details emerge.