Samsung feels verdict is “a loss for the American consumer” while Apple applauds the message “that stealing isn’t right” [Apple vs Samsung]

Sometimes after a big, public embarrassment corporations keep mum about their feelings. (Yes, corporations have feelings too, ya’ know.) Not Apple and Samsung. Apple and Samsung have both issued public statements after today’s Apple v Samsung verdict was read. The following is what they had to say.

As expected, Apple appreciated the verdict and declared it a victory for “originality and innovation” that Apple “pours… into making the best products on earth”:

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 trial 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.

Samsung, on the other hand, unsurprisingly took the this-is-bad-for-the-consumer card; according to Samsung, this verdict will “lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices” and “consumers have the right to choices”:

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.

Like it or not, agree with it or not, Apple has come out the victor this round. Of course Samsung still has its chance to appeal the decision and could very likely find the verdict overturned or even reduced, so this isn’t the end… yet. Personally speaking, I wanna see a retrial. Who doesn’t like the nice, juicy gossip that emerges when two milti-billion dollar corporations go head-to-head in a public courtroom?

[via AllThingsD | Image via purplelime]

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9 comments

  1. Mike

    And by the way, as to Apple’s comment that this shows that “stealing isn’t right”: of course, Apple has done the same thing, starting with the technology of others and adopting and/or adapting it.

  2. Mike

    @Ashraf: Ashraf, as to the jury’s thoroughness or not, from the report I heard, the jury did not just “check Box A” for each question–it went through the questions and individually answered them, changing its decisions as it felt the merits deserved. Having dealt with juries and having been on one, my hunch is, the jury really did do its job, fairly and impartially, and completely, as it saw matters.

    I find interesting, in Samsung’s self-serving PR statement, the comment that Apple is “gaming” the patent system. Of course it is–as is every person who applies for a patent (Samsung included, no doubt). The patent system gives certain conditions for getting a patent and a resulting monopoly over the patented technology. Apple has simply followed those rules to get the protections it has achieved (but, of course, with gads of money–and so it can get gads of patents). Can it be blamed for taking the benefit of what has been offered? In the end, it’s no different than taking the benefit of allowed deductions each April (in the U.S.) when submitting your annual tax return. Apple just has done it better than others.

    If there is an issue anywhere, it is in the U.S. Patent Office issuing patents on at least some of the obvious and seemingly pre-existing “technology,” and/or the system allowing this.

  3. Akash

    You know I always thought that both the companies would have to pay infringement fines each other and they will sort out their differences that way but this is like a clean chit to Apple and it feels 1 sided kind of.

  4. Galahad

    Looks like now 3 different courts in 3 different countries have 3 different views on some of the patents.It would be more meaningful if they tell us which specific patents Samsung is supposed to have infringed and we can try to make up our own minds for own satisfaction. To leave such a technically difficult subject as patents many of which have long been been though to be overly broad to a jury is too simplistic.