Apple vs Samsung Jury Verdict: Apple Wins (Does It Matter)?
The Apple vs Samsung jury verdict is in. The jury found Samsung infringed on five of six Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) patents. Samsung must pay Apple $1.05 billion, according to CNet. Some pundits think the legal case could shape smartphone and tablet innovations for years to come. But is today’s jury decision important … or is it just the start of an appeals process that could take years to play out?
Legal experts have previously told CNet that the option to appeal could drag this case on for several more years. And as CNet has also noted: A separate appeals case between the two companies regarding software elements of Android and a potential ban on the Galaxy Nexus is set to start in 2014. The legal spat will also spill over into additional countries, where Apple and Samsung have cross-sued each other on multiple fronts.
Still, The VAR Guy believes today’s decision could give channel partners and corporate customers pause. Today’s overwhelming Apple victory could prompt corporate IT departments and channel partners to steer clear of Samsung for a bit — at least until the dust settles and the legal impact of the jury decision becomes clearer.
On the flip side, corporate IT managers and VARs can do little to stop the BYOD (bring your own device) trend. And if consumers keep bringing Samsung devices to work — regardless of the Apple legal war — than technology experts will be hard-pressed to stop the trend.