Of course it is good business for Apple to want to claim rights to design etc. but really they are not the only geniuses in the world. In fact they are more like Microsoft than they may care to admit.
Don’t get me wrong Apple should get a lot of credit for their innovation in changing music and smart phones for the better. However, what Applephiles are too quick to dismiss is how Apple holds them hostage with their itunes requirement, and a whole host of other restrictions and barriers to developers.
They are ruthless in their business practices, which makes them a successful company, but limits them to their own innovation. As long as they get it right every time they will continue to succeed, but a few wrong steps and they could end up back to the days of being a niche company.
I remember a quote that goes something like this, “on the way up the ladder of success be kind to the people you pass over because on your way back down they may lend you a hand”.
By Brian Chacos
Published August 27, 2012
In the wake of Apple’s Friday blockbuster legal victory over Samsung, experts were quick to call the ruling a major blow against the Android ecosystem as a whole.
Laptopmag.com analyst Avi Greengart said Microsoft — not Apple — could emerge as the biggest winner, while a cornucopia of commentary articles across the Web pondered what the ruling could mean in Apple’s battles against HTC, Motorola and others. Is this the beginning of the end for Android?
As the weekend progressed, Google’s silence about the case was deafening. Then, late Sunday night, the company released an official statement to several industry publications.
Unfortunately, Google didn’t say much, limiting it to just a few sentences.
“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 company said.
‘Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer.’
– Samsung statement
“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.”
Compare that to Samsung’s strongly worded statement about the verdict, which called the ruling “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,” Samsung said.
“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.”
One thing is for certain: the appeals process should sure be interesting … as should Apple’s next move if the verdict is upheld.