So Apple won the lawsuit against Samsung today. Not that it was a surprise. Anyone who doesn’t have Samsung or Google’s dick shoved up their ass knew what the outcome was going to be. Samsung blatantly copied Apple in the past and they got what they deserved.
What happens now is a sudden rise in the number of patent experts in the world. By “patent experts” I mean anyone with an Internet connection. And you’ll hear the same thing that you heard the last time when Apple won a lawsuit, that the patent system is broken.
Notice how the patent system is always broken when it’s Apple who wins the case and some how it is justice or karma whenever they lose?
I’m not an expert on patents so I won’t comment on whether the system is broken or in need of a reform. I also won’t talk about whether Apple’s patents are genuine or bogus.
What I will say is that in the end, regardless of the genuineness of the patent, Samsung chose to infringe it. They could have avoided doing that, as several other manufacturers do, but they didn’t.
In my opinion, anyone who infringes upon existing patents either needs to pay licensing fees or stop using it, unless the patent is owned by a patent troll who does not make any products but simply hoards patents, waiting for someone to use them and then strike them with a lawsuit.
Apple has been found using other’s patents in the past, for which they have had to pay licensing fees. Samsung should be treated no differently. I’m especially less sympathetic towards Samsung because they willfully infringed them, simply to try and make their products look as close to Apple’s as they can.
It’s easy to sit in front of your computer and comment upon whether one company is right or wrong in suing someone for illegally using their IP when it’s not your work being stolen. Imagine writing an article and having someone steal and publish it under their name, having made just minor changes so that it wouldn’t look exactly like yours but you know that it essentially is.
When you wrote the article, you did not create the language for it. You used words and sentences and grammar that existed before. But the final product was still yours. Others can use the same language or grammar, but not the same words in that same order. That is essentially what Samsung did and why Apple sued them.
What I find appalling is people completely disregarding what Samsung did and fixating on Apple’s patents, as if it somehow makes what Samsung did less terrible. Reminds me of the times a rape victim is blamed for dressing inappropriately when in fact it’s the rapist who should get all the blame. What Samsung did was wrong and debating on whether Apple’s patents are good or bad is not going to make it any less wrong.
So for once, let’s concentrate on the real wrongdoer here and not look for opportunities to talk shit about Apple, even though I know how some people love doing that.