“Apple Inc.’s patent-infringement victory over Samsung Electronics Co. could go far in bolstering its claim of copying and providing an advantage in any settlement between the world’s two top smartphone manufacturers,” Jungah Lee and Dina Bass report for Bloomberg.

“The U.S. International Trade Commission on Aug. 9 said Samsung infringed two Apple patents and issued an order banning imports of products using the iPhone maker’s multitouch features and headphone jack detection,” Lee and Bass report. “‘These results give Apple a bit of an edge in the settlement negotiations that are going on,’ said Susan Kohn Ross, a lawyer with Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles. ‘Assuming this order becomes final, the question that arises is how important are these models of phones and other electronic gadgets to the overall portfolio of Samsung products.’”

Lee and Bass report, “Apple, which initiated the legal fight in 2011, is seeking to limit the Galaxy maker’s increasing share of the U.S. smartphone market, where Apple is No. 1 and Samsung No. 2.”

MacDailyNews Take: No, Apple is not “seeking to limit the Galaxy maker’s increasing share of the U.S. smartphone market.”

Apple is seeking to stop companies from stealing and reselling Apple’s patented innovations and inventions. Apple has repeated stated that they have no problem with legitimate competitors. They have a problem with wholesale theft.

Apple isn’t much concerned with “share,” meaning unit or market share. They are more concerned with profit share and, then, only because healthy profits affords them the ability to execute on Steve Jobs’ vision: To make the very best products and services possible in order to delight the customer.

Do that and, in the absence of rampant and unchecked patent and trade dress infringement, “share” takes care of itself.

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