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Verdict of the patent trial:

 

http://gigaom.com/apple/victory-over-samsung-on-historic-anniversary-for-apple/

 

Sure, there will be appeals, countersuits and changes to products to keep the ball rolling but Apple has sent a strong message that there are consequences and risks to following it too closely. Expect competitors to try to come up with their own designs except that they are unlikely to match Apple's. Over time this will allow Apple to differentiate further and put distance between itself and its rivals.

 

GoogleTV is going nowhere. Everyone is waiting for Apple to figure out the model and the interface. Once the new AppleTV is released, everyone will jump on board and try to release Android clones. Expect AppleTV to come out even more fortified with patents than the iPhone. There will be a stronger deterrent to copiers.

 

And that, folks, changes the nature of the game.

 

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I'm glad Samsung has to pay. Their entire smartphone business over the last several years has been built on building iPhone clones and not innovating on their own. Copying, to an extent, is part of innovation, but Samsung's business model has been to try to copy the iPhone down to a T. Android from the beginning has been mostly stealing ideas from Apple, but Samsung really took it to another level in trying to create iPhone clones.

 

Samsung's public response to this is pretty weak as well, by saying things like 'Today's verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer," Samsung said. "It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices'.

 

The irony of this quote is of course that Samsung has NOT innovated when it comes to phones and tablets, and it's also great that all their counter-suits got dismissed. They are bitter about money being taken out of their pocket. This is a big win for Apple (the win is more about protecting their ideas and processes, and not about the extra Billion in cash.

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