You may have heard the big result. Apple has won its lawsuit against Samsung in the US. Now, I don't like Apple. I really don't. But this verdict against Samsung is the right one. Do not get me wrong, I am not celebrating either. I think the patent system in the USA is messed up. But that doesn't mean this verdict isn't the right one. It just happens that I think Apple is the lesser of two evils, in this case at least.
Samsung isn't without their faults - they practically asked for it. So yes, this verdict might not be what some of you may have wished for, and yes the patent system is screwed but it's also the law. A stupid law it may be, but I have no sympathy if a multi-billion dollar company who aims to make billions more out of us can't follow the letter of the law. I love the Galaxy S2, even commenting that the design was nice in my review, but even I can see the similarities in the design. It doesn't take a law degree, just common sense and a working eye ball.
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What do you think would happen if Samsung won? Would you, the people who moaned so much on Twitter, celebrate? It's like saying it's okay to make me-too phones with the same old ugly boring tired grid based UI that has been done for lords knows how long.
Someone on my Twitter actually tweeted out that this verdict will be a loss to consumers. How so? Instead of continuing making me-too products, Samsung will now be forced to innovate. After all there are Android OEMs in Japan that can actually make decent hardware with their own distinctive design. This is a good thing. The mobile industry was in dire need of a kick in the ass, and this verdict is exactly what the industry needs.
As a child, only by learning from mistakes and punishments did I learn right from wrong and aimed to do better. The verdict is good for Samsung and it is good for the industry. In the short term Apple may have won the battle. But believe me when I say it that in the future people will look back to this day and realised that innovation, rather than Apple, won.