Friday, 12 October 2012

Be a Good Sheep or Boycott Apple

Do you often confuse an iPhone with a Samsung when you go to a store and want to buy one? Because Apple thinks "consumers" are just a herd of stupid and easily confused sheep: 'Apple filed a suit in the US alleging that a number of Samsung smartphones and tablets [...] mimicked its "trade dress", the general cosmetic appearance of its iPhone and iPad, in a way that could confuse potential customers.'

It took only two days for an American jury to invalidate all Samsung's patent claims which they had tried to use in their defence against Apple's attack (America's sweetheart Apple told the jury that the Korean company was trying to be a monopoly by trying to stop others from using Samsung's patented technology infringed upon by Apple) and to order Samsung to pay over 1 billion US$ to Apple for infringing their patents.  Apparently, there was at least one Apple Fan Boy who owns multiple Apple devices (plus some Samsung TV sets ;)) among the jury.  Legal experts were shocked as they expected the process of the jury arriving at a decision to take at least few weeks since the case was very complex (109 pages manual on how this particular decision should be made written by the presiding judge; 20-page verdict with 700 options to decide about).  Well, apparently justice is swift when the right conditions are met ;).

The following sums up what just happend quite well (just substitute Global for American): "Today's verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies."

It is sad when a company focuses on using legal tricks to hamper their competitors' progress instead of trying to be better by offering better products but when a giant corporation like Apple does this then it is just a crime against humanity.  Slowing down technological progress and thus lowering the quality of life of everyone on the planet should be punished.  Boycott Apple.

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