“When I am in Hong Kong or Beijing, people often accost me on street corners trying to sell me ‘copy watches’ like fake Rolexes. In fact, one of the funniest encounters I have had was at the Great Wall of China, where a guy in a trench coat chased me down a street,” Tim Bajarin writes for TIME Magazine. “When he opened up his coat, it was full of fake watches.”

Bajarin writes, “I believe that Samsung ‘copied’ Apple’s products in a move of desperation. Although the company had been working on smart phones of its own, it was shocked to see the original iPhone and the impact it had on the overall smart-phone marketplace. So it rushed to market a competing product that borrowed a lot from Apple in order to not lose ground in the market it had intended to lead. Or in essence, Samsung wanted to ride Apple’s coattails and momentum in order to get some of the smart-phone action for itself as a fast follower. The end result of this suit should be that Samsung and any others wanting to play in the smart-phone market will innovate instead of copy, which would mean that consumers could expect more creative devices in the future.”

“To understand Jobs’ anger and dismay with Google, you need to understand one very important thing from Apple’s past,” Bajarin writes. “During the period when Apple was developing the iPhone, Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google at the time, was on Apple’s board of directors. There’s no question in my mind that Schmidt pretty much went to school on smart phones and their operating systems while serving on the board, and I would not be surprised if he used that information to help Google guide its own efforts in this area. As far as I can tell, Schmidt did not inform Jobs of Google’s decision to develop Android and compete with Apple during this time, and I am sure Jobs felt he was stabbed in the back because of this.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dale E.” for the heads up.]