Former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, started the war against Android devices, but he did not live to witness Apple’s one billion dollar success against Samsung. After three days, the jurors concluded that Samsung infringed six Apple patents, among others.
In an interview with Walter Isaacson, Jobs said:
“I am going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death because they know they are guilty.”
The smart phone market is estimated to reach 207.6 billion dollars across the globe this year. Sixty eight percent of global shipments are from Android smart phones. Apple only has 17 percent of the share.
Samsung leads all Android smart phones with 44 percent, and is indeed the leading smart phone manufacturer in the United States today.
According to Michael A. Carrier, a law professor from Rutgers University,
“The smartphone patent wars are taking place in many courts in this country, and all over the world. This is the first time that the court has found that one of these manufacturers has infringed patents of a company like Apple.”
Experts have predicted that Samsung will redesign their mobile devices so that Apple’s patents aren’t violated.
The company also said that the decision of the court should not be taken as a victory for Apple, but one that smothers creativity, and in the end the American consumer loses.
Samsung said that the decision will reduce innovation, make smart phone prices higher, and choices will be less.