Samsung and Apple Issue Statements On Trial Verdict – Microsoft Too (Kinda)


The verdict just came in hours ago, and we now have official statements from Samsung and Apple with their thoughts on the ruling. Let’s just jump straight to it.


“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. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.”


“We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.”

And finally, we have Microsoft who hasn’t issued a formal statement, but is no doubt grinning to ear. That sentiment can be seen from Bill Cox, Microsoft’s senior director of Windows Phone marketing communications and Frank Shaw who tweeted moments ago:

“@billcox: Windows Phone is looking gooooood right now.”

“@fxshaw: Using Bing Local Scout on my Windows Phone to look for a place to drink a pint. Love that UI. Fresh. Unique. Different. That is all.”

Easy, Bill. Not that good. Franks comments were interesting in that, when in reference to today’s verdict, he’s talking about a version of TouchWiz UI no longer featured in any devices currently on the market. I’ll bite my tongue for now…

[WinSource | TheVerge 1, 2]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Unique, fresh, different, and yet no one wants to use it…

      1. :)

    1. Typical Microsoft arrogance. That’s not going to help… much

  2. Oh look, another article that should be proof read prior to posting!

    1. oh look, another douche.

      1. So you’re happy to continue spending time trying to figure out what the author MEANT to write?

        And finally, we Microsoft who is hasn’t issued a formal statement but is no doubt grinning to ear.”

        1. This is a blog, and I didn’t “spend time to figure out what the author meant to write, my brain did this thing where it used context to auto correct mistakes. Must not be a feature everyone has.

          THIS IS A BLOG. They throw things up fast, and dirty. I would rather that then having articles go sit on a desk to be corrected before being posted.

          1. Sit on a desk? Going to the extreme a bit there?

            There a enough contributors here that they can proof read each others. Doubtful it would take more than 30 minutes until they had a response with corrections.
            They likely read each others posts anyway, so it’s not like they’re losing any time. Just needs another set of eyes that read what’s been typed rather than what was intended to be typed.

            With corrections the site would be more popular, thus more funding!

          2. I totally agree with you, Peanut. Phandroid is only a 3-man group of which 2 live on the east coast (and it’s way past their bedtimes).

            I hate typos as much as the next guy, and while I do my best to triple check my work, it’s always tough when it’s your OWN work. Someday I’ll have enough money to hire a copy editor and I’m sure I’ll make his life a living hell. Lol

          3. Fair enough, i honestly thought there were several more (I’m sure there was a post a while back saying you’d taken on a few more).
            I know that proof reading your own work rarely finds the mistakes as we read what we ‘meant’ to type (being a pedantic arse my friends love to correct me).
            Good job not lowering yourself to the level this thread got to BTW.

            I’m curious, my last response to nick was marked for moderation and not since appeared which is confusing me as I tried to make nice and end the stupidity properly. What happened to the post?

          4. Oh, that must have been me. I deleted the entire thread below this one because I was reading too many insults. Sorry bout that. Hopefully Nick got you Disqus comment in his email.

        2. Whoops. Looks like I missed the word “have.” Got a little excited posting this but it has since been fixed. Thanks for being so cool about it.

          1. Cheers Chris, might also wanna swap trail for trial in Apples statement.

          2. This comment proves you lost. Give up man. No one cares. Beat it.

          3. The two other sites I read this article on have that exact spelling error. Perhaps apple messed it up themselves?

          4. L

  3. I love how Apple says they are all about innovation and yet they don’t innovate anything. They buy small companies innovations.

    1. Yeap.

    2. The same could arguably be said about google. If I recall correctly didn’t Google but Android ?

      1. Google did buy Android in it’s utmost infancy, so yes that is correct. However Google chooses to innovate and develop while working toward a unified, free future where carriers don’t have a monopoly and manufacturers are free to compete in a friendly environment. Whereas Apple is the exact opposite – they want stifle and limit competition as much as possible so they don’t have to work as hard to one-up their products. That’s the true issue at the core of this – Android and its partners share and develop, but Apple merely copies and tweaks, then claims it as their own. Hell, if Android didn’t come along and force the iPhone to eventually have to have cut/paste, it still probably still wouldn’t by now! And the notification drawer was such a blatant rip off of Android, as well as many other features lifted from a plethora of other companies. However no one can deny that the GalaxyS1 line looked WAY too much like the then-current iPhone. I’m sure that’s what won the jury over – put an iPhone 1 next to a GalaxyS1, and any random tech-UNsavy citizen would be confused. Throw in some Photoshopped evidence (or does Apple only do that for overseas trials?), include some screenshots of Samsung’s phones specifically poised to imitate iOS elements (notice how Apple refuses to ever acknowledge widgets exist? Instead all the photos they provide show the Samsung phone with its desktop obscured by the app drawer, in an attempt to obscure Android’s most prominent differentiating feature) and voila, you’ve got a jury of common people thinking you’re the victim. If Samsung hadn’t been lazy and at least tried to add something, anything, to the physical design of the GalaxyS1, like a bit of color, or a stupid graphic design, or a dark gray body instead, or even a freakin’ pinstripe, Apple would never have been able to so easily convince people to agree with them.

        1. Nice…. I was going to make a comment but you pretty much covered what I was going to say. My bullshit-o-meter went into overdrive while reading Apple’s statement. That company really has no moral bounds…

      2. Horrible comparison. When Google bought Android it was still a nameless pet project. Google’s funding really got it off the ground and since then, Android has really come into its own under Google. On the other hand, Apple buys stuff, they stay exactly the way they are and they call it innovation.

    3. Google have made a lot more acquisitions than apple.

    4. Mr. Jobs was not shy about admitting being a thief. Can you say hypocrite?

  4. Microsoft Windows Phone just sucks. They think that Samsung losing will make customers want Windows. Wrong. Windows is dying. Microsoft is dying. Windows Phone is BORING. The UI sucks. Go Android Go! I own an iPhone and now want to support Sammy even more!

    1. Round applause for this man. welcome to freedom!

    2. yeah, welcome to freedom and someone get this man a beer!! android will always be my OS of choice because it makes me an individual not a clone. Android Manufacturers need to take this seriously into consideration and act immidiately to work around these lame ass patents.

  5. Innovation isn’t only in your product. Its demeanor customer service etc. If someone “copied” my product there are still things that seperate me leaps and bounds above my competitor. Proof is in the product.

  6. Well Apple will continue to dumb down there devices and there audience…While Android tech whatever company embraces it will continue to revolutionize the way we live work and play…. I don’t see this as a win for Apple…but I do feel sorry for the Ignorant people who belive in them…

  7. hey chris, can you please clean the crap that ensued for no reason? correct me if i’m wrong because i rly dont know, but can mods do that? this is for discussion. not arguing over mistakes nobody cares about. you can delete this as soon as youve seen this, too. (if you can) :)

    1. For what it’s worth, I agree, got silly and wastes peoples time reading.

  8. So wait… Anything rectangular is now gonna have their asses sued by Apple because they own rights to the shape? Wow… Humans are so smart it makes them dumb…

    1. lol the jury prob made their decision when the trial started, apple has a way of persuading them sort of how they persuade those online reporters to swing reviews or articles in their favor or to report on every single little thing with the name apple in it.

      1. I am thinking most of the Jury were apple fanboys or girls…hell, the court is in apples back yard…like people in that town are going to like anything but apple in the first place.

    2. Not all humans.
      Jurors? maybe!
      I sat on the jury for two cases many years ago and after purely hearing the charges several members had already made up their minds the defendants were guilty (they were eventually found guilty on most of the charges).

  9. After reading Apples statement I feel the urge to throw a apple pie at Tim Cooks face >.>

  10. The only times windows phone might look alright(not good) is when the only choices we have in smartphones are Blackberry and windows >.> shiz and i still don’t know if i could pick a windows phone cause that Blackberry 10 is way more tempting

    1. I would still take a windows phone over iPhone here is my list of relevance:
      1. android
      2. blackberry
      3. Windows phone 7
      4. ios
      5. everything else

      1. man, went wrong on the 2nd one :)

  11. Some corporations just want to watch the world burn >.>

  12. This breaks my heart

  13. I think this verdict really has put free-thinking peeps to really wonder how this happened. Sheep will follow the leader but others will ask questions like ‘why’..
    Surprisingly I think this might make Android enthusiasts into ‘diehards’ that lock down and rally behind open-source products.

    1. Hope so. Linux would really benefit from more users, leading to more developers (and quietly whispering, more documentation).
      With more open source awareness might even come more awareness of alternatives to the monetary system.

      1. my problem with linux for pc is I’m not that tech Savoy to really do anything with it. I’ve tried a few linux os’s and always run back to windows. I would love if google would make a full desktop linux based os. I wouldent mind picking up a pc and having a choice of os at the store. although I do enjoy building my machines myself

        1. Chuckles87, Google doesn’t need to make a full desktop Linux based OS because it has already existed for several years. Just download and burn the ISO of the latest Ubuntu live CD. You can boot your computer to the live CD without installing anything. Take it for a spin. It will be slow because it’s running off a CD, but you can play with it to see what it can do.

  14. “At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products ”
    ^ Lol?

    1. I wish they would pour their lives over the edge of a cliff.

  15. What the hell has happen to the U.S.? God help me if I ever wind up on trial and have to depend on a bunch of loosers to judge whether I’m guilty or innocent….. I’ve seen so many jury’s make dumdass decisions over the past few years on big publicized trials… I’m about to give up on the concept of a fair jury trial. The damn lawyers lead those sheep off a cliff.

    1. If the glove doesn’t fit then you must acquit!

  16. “At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.”

    Notification Pull-Down
    Cloud Services
    Notification Bar Widgets
    Lock Screen Shortcuts
    Front-Facing Camera
    Icons and uniform alignment
    Touch Interface
    Unified Search

    Go ahead, name one that Apple didn’t copy from someone else. I dare you.

    1. yes, right on the money! and please don’t forget as far as it concerns multitasking, Apple still needs to steal that feature as neither iphone nor Ipad are able to do it!! multitasking for apple is one” can hear music” while looking at emails. android multitasking means, one can listen to music, while dowln an app, while reading an article, while inquiring for the weather in some part of the world, while searching smth on Google.. ha! I needed a laugh!

  17. Now Apple could go stronger against HTC with all those patent granted. I also see LG and even Sony in a future involved here.
    The GS3 design has changed a lot the original Galaxy design, but now they need move in a new TouchWiz and invest more in design and software patenting them.

  18. Microsoft is crossing their fingers, hoping that Windows Phone will finally surpass their closest rival: Windows Mobile 6.5!

  19. It proves in America you can sue for about any thing.

  20. How Apple can claim the rights to tabletsnwhen theyve been a staple in every scifi movie sinve the 50’s is beyond me. The problem is with jurys and especially with a pqtent system that will even issue these things, and continues to issue them even when they see the havoc they are causing.

  21. I feel sorry for Samsung but more than anything, I feel sorry for [us] Americans. It’s reasons like this EXACTLY that people hate America. Its reasons like this that we are in debt because we allow companies to unfairly monopolize things. At the end of the day I think Samsung and other MFGs will come out on top because they will be FORCED to innovate and leave Apple even further behind in the dust than they are now.

  22. Discover the latest apps and games. FREE and enjoy instantly on your Android phone or tablet.

  23. As a mobile application developer, I feel that apple work has done much to to provide more choices in the mobile market. This far outweighs these negative impact to innovation in these patent disputes.

  24. Hasn’t Nokia lost 1.7billion with wp7? Samsung is still pulling out ahead even with this lawsuit.

  25. We think we are so immensely civilized, yet we cherish pictures of two people in combat, representing abstract entities such as “Apple” and “Samsung”. Does this mean you personally relate to the illusion you have inside your head concerning far away firms that you hardly really know? Is this a “civilized” alternative for the obvious need to divide people into groups you like or dislike? Is this a replacement for the primordial need to hit others on the head with a bat if they don’t fit your perception?

    Apart from the fact that all these digital toys are not really vital, one could ask the question if we will ever learn from our own history? When will we ever stop thinking in those primitive “we-against-the others” paradigms? There is no “I”, there is no “you”. These are merely abstract concepts inside our heads.

    Is this about wanting to earn more than others? Is it about your ego? How sad. How shallow. How endlessly unsatisfying. Why not cooperate instead? Imagine what great products could emerge after a merger between “Apple” and “Samsung”!

    It is funny to hear a former so-called Buddhist speak about declaring thermonuclear “war” on Android. I mean: come on, what is this?!

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