Samsung, Apple React To Verdict With Brief Statements

It’s safe to say that both Samsung and Apple have very different reactions to today’s verdict in Apple’s case against Samsung. While we wait for Samsung’s inevitable appeal, Apple is seeking a preliminary injunction hearing on Samsung’s infringing products and Judge Koh has set September 20th as the date for the hearing. Apple will have to file it’s motion before August 29th, allowing Samsung 14 days to respond.

Meanwhile, both companies have released brief statements on the verdict.

On a side note, I know it’s easy to criticize this decision on a number of levels. Accusing the jury of being bias towards Apple seems like an outrageous accusation. It’s as easy to believe some of the jury members were iPhone owners as much as they are Samsung television owners. Let’s try and keep the argument on a level that discusses the merits of the case, and not your personal feelings toward either company. I get it, some of you don’t like Apple, some of you don’t like Samsung, but let’s keep it civil.

Samsung:

Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.

Apple:

We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trail showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.

The Verge

 

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  • Phatcow12

    silver lining is now maybe Samsung will use their quality come up with a great design like their Captivate or even the s3 is better than iPhone design and get rid of the scrappy touchwiz.

  • Lance Speroni

    this is why people should stop buying Apple products. They are bullies within the industry.

  • Tortionist

    The cool thing is, Apple will do themselves in. It won’t be from the outside. Their lack of innovation and their using of two year old technology will eventually catch up to them. They’ll eventually pull a RIM and become insignificant. It has pretty much happened to Nokia, RIM, Motorola, etc. Yes, they are all still around, but look at where they used to be compared to where they are now. The same will happen to Apple. The stock market will be taking a tumble in the next 2 to 4 years. That should take care of Apple (and a lot of other companies as well.) The only reason the stock market has been going up within the last several years is due to Quantitative Easing and bailouts. Eventually foreign investors will look for safer investments at home rather than here in the U.S. and the Stock market bubble will finally fully collapse. Quite a few companies, whose stock is too high without a good reason will suffer. Apple is one of them.

  • Glinzan

    I’m not an Apple fanboy, never have been, and never will be. I’m team Google all the way. But, if I’m going to be honest, if you look close enough, with all prejudices aside, Samsung phones are starting to look a hell of a lot like the iPhone. of course it’s troublesome to read of Samsung’s loss. Any loss to a software company that supports Android is a loss for the consumer because, indeed, Apple has managed to monopolize the market. But the one reason why they’ve been so successful with their phones is “consistency.” They’ve stayed true to one design, one operating system, etc. With the plethora of Android phones that come out in one year, consumers might find it confusing separating a Galaxy S II from a Galaxy Blaze, or a Droid Razor from the Motorola Atrix. As hard as it is to believe, the truth is that Google must fight fire with fire. Consistency is key, and I think the Nexus line, including stock Android, without the bloatware, without the custom skins, is the key. A little more restriction on how companies can tamper with the Android UI, and a little more regulation from Google would go a long way. The Nexus phones can be something spectular–without comments about sales being “minuscule.” I mean, look at the popularity of the Nexus 7. A little more advertising can go a long way.

    • Noel

      Yes the original Galaxy phone probably looked close to the iPhone 3G. But if u look at Samsung’s touch screen phone designs of 2006 they look similar…this was b4 the iPhone was released in 2007. Lets not forget the judge refused to allow this crucial piece of evidence central to Samsung’s case which showed both companies were working on almost similar looking rectangular devices with slightly different amount of bezel prior to the iPhone release. Also lets not forget that another company Mitsubishi had been working with touch screens where pinch to zoom, slide etc was demonstrated way b4 the iPhone was conceived. Now how did they now claim ownership to these things…THE QUESTION IS WHO COPIED OR STOLE FROM WHOM????? All i can say at best is both companies are merely improving on what was already out there…none deserve any of those patents. They both are making tons of money…so what is the problem? Just that one is trying to be greedy and have it just to themselves. For one the Galaxy S2, S3, Note, Tab are nothing like the iPhone….different OS, different sizes, huge screens, mostly different apps etc. What i see here is an attempt to slow down Samsung…Sammy’s on the march. I will also like to see my beloved HTC step it up and get their march on.

  • They are both out of date

    Thay both look like something from the last century…   I only see Windows 3.1 when I look at either phone.

  • Scase66

    I wouldn’t mind see a Note 2 running Windows 8. I’m sure that would shake up the enterprise market a bit. I was an early adopter of the Palm Pilot and treo and believe apple should not have been granted patents for designs that originated before they were in the phone market. Dominate with innovation, not litigation! 

  • 16309A

    So why does samsung still sell parts to apple to build the iphone? Wouldn’t it be time to stop that?

    • J-Hop2o6

      Then they lose even more money. Apple could easily find another supplier. Not a good idea for Samsung.

  • Mattcat03

    This verdict is ridiculous.  I could understand patents on software but its silly to have patents on shapes.  Can you imagine if samsung decided to patent all the possible shapes and design for a smart phone just to get even with apple, wouldn’t that be something. 

  • Mattcat03

    What about tv’s.  Does a company have the right to patent the rectangular shape?  It shouldn’t be so as well as smarphones or any other products that is pretty much limited in design.  The jurors don’t have a clue.  They should of took more time to really think about their decision because this will greatly affect the consumer more than anything.