Snippet: Everybody Loses ☇

Shared on August 22, 2012

Matt Drance comments on the implications of Apple v. Samsung on Apple Outsider:

The stakes in this trial are enormous. If Samsung is vindicated, it will embolden competitors everywhere to aggressively mimic the iOS experience. That would be immeasurably bad (and familiar) news for Apple. If Apple wins, the damages check will be the least of Samsung’s problems, and Apple will itself be emboldened to further press its rights.

Most importantly, this case brings the ever-brewing controversy of software patents further into the spotlight. Apple’s case is far from patent trolling, but I do worry about the precedent it could set. If a verdict is reached, lawyers and judges across the country will surely look back to this case repeatedly during their own.

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