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LinkAsia | Oct 26
Samsung won several patent battles this past week in its long-running legal war with Apple. South Korean broadcaster MBC reports on the latest in t...
In California, a federal jury has delivered a body blow to one of South Korea's biggest companies. Last week, the jury found Samsung guilty of "willful" violations of a number of Apple's patents in the creation of its smartphones. It went on to award Apple a billion dollars in damages. Back in South Korea, people had mixed reactions to the judgment.
This post expected Samsung to lose:
"I knew that of course Apple would win in the US, but Samsung was ordered to pay one billion dollars, while Apple paid zero. I knew there would be a home advantage, but that's too much."
And this one said Apple was a bully:
"Apple attempts to get Samsung's patented technologies for nothing. It won't take long before Apple gets a reputation for being a vicious company."
Other posts were critical of Samsung's call for a consumer revolt against Apple:
"It's ridiculous that the people boycotting Apple claim patriotism, not knowing exactly why Samsung lost to Apple. That's not 'loving your country,' but 'loving Samsung.'"
And these two posts urged Samsung to buckle down and innovate:
"It can be said that Samsung versus Apple is an 'industrial' paradigm versus an 'information' paradigm. While Samsung has strong 'technology,' Apple has 'art.' Samsung fell a generation behind."
"I wish Samsung would take this opportunity to develop design and an operating system that surpasses Apple's. Is it capable enough? If it isn't, its future is dark."
Samsung is expected to appeal the decision. Meanwhile, the two companies are locked in similar patent disputes in several other countries.