This Apple victory in the patent trial against Samsung has been all over the news and we promise to our Android fans, we’ll cover some positive Android related news, as soon as we get some, just bare with us through this rough patch. In the meantime, after the verdict was announced, Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a statement to all Apple employees, informing them that this victory is important for innovators everywhere…read on for his statement.
Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere.
Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than we knew.
The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
I am very proud of the work that each of you do.
Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.
Obviously, depending on what side your loyalty lies, this can be either viewed as a great or horrible day. Without taking Cook’s side, I have to agree, while I’m sad it had to come to legalities and a long drawn out process, I think that in the end we as consumers should benefit from companies who will now try hard to avoid mimicking Apple’s designs and maybe we’ll even see better concepts as manufacturers are forced to think outside the box.