We’ve read stories recently of thieves breaking into Apple retail stores and carting off a few hundred thousand dollars worth of iPhones. Another thief would steal iPhones from customers and return them to Apple for new phones, thanks to a loophole in Apple’s processing system. Then, there’s Samsung, the Korean conglomerate with a reputation for stealing intellectual property from other companies and their own customers, then selling products as if they invented the stolen designs.
Apple was on to Samsung’s game after early Galaxy smartphones and tablets appeared which were amazingly similar to the iPhone and iPad in design and took the crooks to court. And won. And lost. And, yet won again. Before losing again. But in the end, Apple seems to be winning.
Samsung lost a number of high profile intellectual property judgements thanks to Apple pursuing the high road. Apple won. Samsung lost. Except the appeals process takes forever and a few weeks and the billion dollar verdict Apple won against Samsung back in 2012 looks like it will be reduced by a few hundred million dollars.
See? Apple won. Samsung lost. Then Samsung won. So, Apple loses. Again. Every time a judge looks at the case, Apple loses a little more money from the award. The appeals court said the obvious– such packaging and presentation are features not eligible for protection because, well, they’re central to how all smartphones function these days.
Well, duh. MDN put together a simple graphic that exposes what Samsung did. Apple’s iPhone, then the iPad, set the design for modern smartphones and tablets– which Samsung, Google, and others have ripped off ad nauseam.
Amazingly similar, no? Innovation just isn’t what it used to be. Neither is the dictionary, as Samsung claims to be innovative– mostly by stealing innovations from other companies. Apple may yet get some money for Samsung’s frequent misdeeds but it may not matter. Why not?
Apple won in the marketplace.
That’s why the company accounts for almost 90-percent of the industry’s smartphone and tablet profits, and the lion’s share of device usage. Not only are Samsung’s sales and profits down, the Samsung brand has taken a dramatic beating in the media, which explains why Samsung doesn’t even use the company name when selling Galaxy products in Japan. Even discriminating Japanese customers refuse to be influenced by blatant ripoff artists from Korea.