All of the Apple vs Samsung results and the $1 billion patent verdict is so last week. But, as you probably know, Google released an official statement, and then Samsung posted an internal memo with some really good information along with assuring its customers that they will continue to innovate. Here exactly what lil’ Sammy posted:
We initially proposed to negotiate with Apple instead of going to court, as they had been one of our most important customers. However, Apple pressed on with a lawsuit, and we have had little choice but to counter-sue, so that we can protect our company.
Certainly, we are very disappointed by the verdict at the US District Court for the Northern District of California (NDCA), and it is regrettable that the verdict has caused concern amongst our employees, as well as our loyal customers.
However, the judge’s final ruling remains, along with a number of other procedures. We will continue to do our utmost until our arguments have been accepted.
The NDCA verdict starkly contrasts decisions made by courts in a number of other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea, which have previously ruled that we did not copy Apple’s designs. These courts also recognized our arguments concerning our standards patents.
History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth, when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation.
We trust that the consumers and the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation, and we will prove this beyond doubt.
Then, here’s what Google had to say:
The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don’t relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don’t want anything to limit that.
There’s no big surprises and I think both Google and Samsung are a little frustrated with the outcome of the lawsuit. While it hasn’t affected Google’s popular mobile operating system, I’m sure they are a bit angry over the broken patent system. Google in their statement really hasn’t shown any direct support for Samsung, in fact, I feel like they knew that Samsung was going to lose in the first place. Not only that, but even though Google hasn’t released an official statement on the verdict, I don’t think that they are really disagreeing with the courts ruling.
While I really wanted Sammy to win, I was almost surprised that a document was shown in the court of a Galaxy S next to an iPhone (see source link(s) with a list of suggestions on how to make it look more like the iPhone. In that case, I’m glad Apple won, but at the same time I am disgusted that Apple wasn’t found infringing on any of Samsung’s patents when in fact they are. It was obvious that the patents Samsung talked about Apple infringing was way to technical for the jury to deliberate.
In a sense, I am saying that both companies are at fault here (as the South Korean Court deemed) and one walked out with any sort of consequences, which is kind of frustrating when you know that company is full of greed and a lack of innovation too.
This isn’t over. We’ll see more when the court reconvenes and when good ol’ Samsung argues the verdict and battles against the final damages that the jurors gave them.