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Apple’s Huge Win Over Samsung: What They’re Saying
After the jury verdict came in awarding Apple everything but the kitchen sink in its patent battle with Samsung, the verdict of the chattering class started heating up the wires.
The jury delivered its verdict Friday in the great smartphone patent tilt of 2012, and Samsung was found to have infringed upon Apple patents for everything but the rotary dial and the POPCORN time-of-day service.
The South Korean tech giant will appeal the decision made by jurors in a San Jose, Calif. federal court, of course. Until then, let’s examine the verdict of the chattering class as it came trundling over the wire via Twitter.
First up is Microsoft’s Windows Phone marketing chief Bill Cox, who couldn’t help but gloat over a bad day for an enemy-of-my-enemy-who-isn’t-exactly-my-friend. “Windows Phone is looking gooooood right now,” Cox tweeted with a digital smirk.
PCMag’s own Dan Costa reckoned the impact on Samsung devices was being felt a little too quickly, tweeting: “My Samsung Galaxy S just stopped working. It is amazing how fast this happens.” Was he being serious? We’ll ask him at our next performance review.
Another PCmagger, lead mobile analyst Sascha Segan, wondered about the fallout for another player in the mobile device wars. “LG is frantically trying to figure out whether this is good for them or not. The enemy of my enemy is … also suing my operating system,” Segan quipped.
Some trial watchers turned their attention to the more than $1 billion in damages Samsung has been ordered to pay Samsung for infringing on a number of Apple design and utility patents with a variety of its devices, from the Fascinate to the Galaxy S II.
“Wow, Samsung has to pay almost as much as if they’d pirated seventeen songs,” joked tweeter Eevee in a massively retweeted take on the penalty.
Technologizer founder and Time correspondent Harry McCracken wondered whether “Apple and Samsung [could] work out a deal for the $1 billion to be paid in flash memory and other components, or something?” Mark Milian, meanwhile, tweeted: “Apple paid Samsung $3.8B last quarter for components, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The $1.1B back is kinda like a Groupon.”
Then there was ace patent watcher Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, who compared the decision to this morning’s Samsung vs. Apple verdict in South Korea: “The Korean decision on Friday was a strange outlier on the global stage. Everywhere else, Samsung is a complete loser against Apple,” Mueller tweeted.
Last but not least, there was Judge Lucy Koh, who presided over the U.S. trial and was actually a trending topic on Twitter in the first few hours after the verdict. Judge Koh, heavily criticized in some quarters for various rulings made during the trial, didn’t get much reprieve in the Twitterverse following the jury’s decisionif you care to see some of that pretty harsh commentary, you can search it out for yourself.
For more, see Apple or Samsung: You Decide and the slideshow below.
By Damon Poeter, PCMag