Patent infringement lawsuits are not new in the tech world, but when it comes to Samsung and Apple, the stakes have never been higher and the accusation more severe: less than two years ago, a federal jury found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple patents. The issue concerned an alleged number of five patents being infringed, but Samsung fought back and appealed the decision of paying $900 million, while continuing to produce the technology. Also, Samsung made a counterclaim against Apple, accusing them for stealing two ideas for the iPhone and iPads. But now Samsung and Apple are clashing in court and the results might be disastrous.
Why are the biggest consequences of this trial?
According to specialists, the most important feature of this clash of titans is that Apple demands Samsung to pay
a $40 royalty for each Samsung device running software allegedly conceived by Apple, more than five times the amount sought in the previous trial and well above other precedents between smartphone companies. If Apple prevails, the costs to Samsung could reach $2 billion. Apple’s costs, if it lost, are expected to be about $6 million.
If you want to consult the list of mutual patent infringements claimed by both tech giants, you will get stuck at some point, as it seems the truth is beyond our reach. Who stole what? Which company came first with the idea? Who is copying who? And is it really about copying, in a world where all smartphones seem to bring almost the same features with few important differences? We will soon find out, as juror selection for this trial is announced to start today. Because Samsung and Apple are clashing in court, big money is in stake here, not to mention the future of each tech company on the market share.