“When Steve Jobs famously said he’d go ‘thermonuclear’ against Android because it was stolen property, and vowed to invest all of Apple’s huge cash hoard to pursue that fight, the statement was taken seriously,” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl. “That Apple began to sue Samsung and other companies for patent infringement was merely the expected follow-up to the promise that Apple would protect its rights.”

“Samsung is, of course, notorious for copying ideas from competitors and using those ideas to build cheaper gear. After an initial flurry of success, things haven’t worked out so well for the South Korean multinational corporation in the smartphone market. With flagging sales and profits, it has become clear that Samsung is being slapped down at both ends of the market by Apple and makers of cheap handsets in Asia,” Steinberg writes. “It was also recently reported that the nuclear war with Apple has cost Samsung some one billion dollars in orders for components. Apple has been reported over time to be moving those large purchases to other vendors.”

teinberg writes, “So keeping up the war with Apple isn’t helping Samsung, and that may explain why a truce may be at hand.”

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MacDailyNews Take:

An iPhone with a larger screen option will hurt Samsung immeasurably more than myriad, unending traipses through the legal morass.MacDailyNews, May 2, 2014

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

Here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
cellphones before and after Apple iPhone

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