Hey IT Nerd! What Do You Think Of The Apple/Samsung Patent Lawsuit?

I have to admit that the decision by a US court that Samsung infringed on Apple’s patents and the Korean tech giant has to pay up to the tune of $1 Billion was a bit stunning. Honestly, I was expecting the court to say that both sides had infringed on each others patents. Though Apple did have the jury in this case rule against some of Apple’s claims involving the two dozen Samsung devices at issue. So from that perspective it could have been worse for Samsung. Now Samsung is going to appeal (shock), and this could go on for years (as these sorts of things usually do), but one thing did cross my mind. Apple, is Samsung’s biggest customer as they get displays among other things from Samsung. How will that work long term? Will they remain frenemies? Another thing to consider. Apple and Samsung are suing each other all over the world. Now that this shoe has dropped, what’s going to happen to those lawsuits? Another thought. Will this start to push people towards iOS products and away from Android products? Finally, will other companies that make phones based on the Google Android OS feel the wrath of Apple in court? My thinking is yes as the late Steve Jobs said that he’d resort to “thermonuclear war” to destroy Android.

The bottom line is this. This war is far from over. In fact, it’s about to escalate and other parties are going to be drawn in. Count on it.

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