“Samsung has filed for judgment as a matter of law and a new trial as an alternative, and questioned jury decisions in a number of areas in its patent dispute against Apple,” John Ribeiro reports for IDG News Service.
“A jury in California decided in August that the South Korean company must pay Apple $1.05 billion for infringing several of its patents in Samsung smartphones and tablets. Apple filed last week for additional damages of $707 million,” Ribeiro reports. “In its filing on Friday, Samsung said that the court’s constraints on trial time, witnesses, and exhibits prevented Samsung from presenting ‘a full and fair case’ in response to Apple’s claims.”
Ribeiro reports, “The filing also questions the jury decision on a number of issues. The court it said, for example, should enter judgment on Apple’s design patents, because “no rational jury could find those patents valid.” No reasonable jury, applying correct standards, could likewise find Apple’s utility patents valid, it added.”
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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote in August: Apple created the modern day smartphone and taught the world what an iPhone is. This was not trivial, nor was it free.
The reason there are copies – of anything – is to take for free (steal) that which was paid for by the original maker: The R&D, the salary and perks of the world’s preeminent industrial designer [and his team], the education of the public through TV spots and a very expensive network of retail outlets, the hundreds of millions in online, print, television, etc. marketing, everything that goes into a product.
This why a maker of knockoff handbags makes Coach knockoffs, to trade on Coach’s work in order to move their fake wares without investing in the design, marketing, etc. This is why a maker of auto knockoffs makes BMW knockoffs. This is why Samsung knocked off iPhone. Samsung stole Apple’s work and they traded on Apple’s considerable investment. This is why the jury found Samsung guilty.
There is no market for paintings of Campbell’s soup cans without Warhol.
Making knockoffs isn’t flattery, it’s theft. It’s also an expression of companies’ disdain and low opinion of their own customers.
Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:
Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone: