So with the several lawsuits by Apple the question that most people ask is why? Apple would say that the lawsuits are because they are being financially hurt by the patent infringements that have been done by Smartphone manufacturers. Even though that may be true here is a list of real reasons for the lawsuits.
- Apple wants to stop Android but can’t sue Google
- It is relatively inexpensive to sue a company if Apple can get a device banned
- Android is becoming more popular than iOS
- Samsung has gotten a larger Market Share than Apple
With the case coming to an end we will find out soon if there was patent infringement by Samsung. No matter what the outcome will be there is one thing that is certain the users and consumers will be hurt by the verdict. If Apple wins that would most likely mean bans on several Samsung devices along with a hefty fine. If Samsung wins that means Millions of dollars wasted and a counter suit by Samsung. I understand wanting to protect your company against stealing your idea but when you make a device that completely changes the market and technology other companies are going to take that idea and build on it because it is cool. The reason consumers will lose is that will mean that Smartphone prices will be higher to cover the cost of the fines and the trial. Also it will reduce the design possibilities available to Smartphone manufacturers which will mean Smartphones will have to have completely different designs to not get sued and that just isn’t possible. The findings in this trial will long-lasting effects on the market and manufacturers.
I do not consider myself an Android or Apple fanboy; I own an iPad and a Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well as a Galaxy Nexus. I enjoy all three devices and each one has its purpose for me. I find myself rooting against Apple in this case just because what it would do to Smartphones if they won. Apple is a company with great ideas and they will continue to be a top company in technology for a long time. I just don’t see how lawsuits against many different Smartphone companies will help them. Apple has managed to piss off most tech people and still get credit from them for creating a device that changed technology. I have a suggestion for all Smartphone companies; stop with the Patent lawsuits all the companies are trying to do the same thing and lawsuits hurt the one demographic you are trying to reach customers. Instead of accusing other companies stole your ideas to get customers, state why you devices are better, or do something really crazy like develop a market changing device and then you won’t have to tell people you device is better because everyone will know it. In the meantime do something helpful with those millions of dollars you waste on lawsuits.