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Apple wins:Jury rules for Apple in patent case vs Samsung | CanadianBusiness.com, so should it bother me?
The decision is out. Samsung will have to pay approximately $1.05 billion in damages to the iPhone maker. That is one whopping amount, beyond the comprehension of an ordinary person like me who has yet to own either of these phones. Yet, even if this figure is obviously Samsung’s problem, not ours, this ruling could have a resounding effect on us, consumers, who plan to have either phone in the future. Samsung said in an official statement that “Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices.”
And Samsung does have a point. Even if I am still in the planning stage (read: about to save to buy an Android phone. I am so behind, I know!), I would probably expect more expensive Android phones as they increase their costs to cover licensing fees to Apple.
As what one analyst said, “When companies turn to litigation rather than innovation, consumers lose.”
Or Apple might lower their prices, maybe?