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Samsung to cough up compensation to Apple in court case

Samsung and Apple are the most popular manufacturers and as is often the case in competitions, tensions go up and down. They have long been "inspired" by each other (and other market players, of course) and in the latest development, a jury has compelled the Koreans to cough up copyright compensation to the Cupertino company in a court case.

There was a precedent: in 2011 the American tech giant had already reproached its rival for taking too much inspiration from the iPhone to build the Galaxy phones. At that time Apple had won the case but it was later set aside by the Supreme Court. Today, it resurfaces: the two titans have gone before the judge and Samsung must now pay a fine of 539 million dollars for having copied the iPhone. Although Samsung has not confirmed anything (yet), it will probably try to appeal again.

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Samsung vs Apple, an old quarrel. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Concretely, the fine relates to 3 design patents that Samsung would have violated as well as the violation of two other patents (perhaps the animojis that quickly found their way to Samsung?). In any event, this fine, however large, will not plunge Samsung into a financial abyss.

This story raises several questions. The main one being the "who copies who" problem since today we have the impression that everyone copies everyone, at a more or less relative level of fidelity. Another outstanding question is to know if this situation will worsen the relations between Apple and Samsung which, let us recall it, work together on certain points (in particular for the manufacture of the OLED screens of iPhone X). 

What do you think of the outcome of this trial? Where is the line between inspiration and copying?

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  • Some of the money samsung received for the displays will go back to apple


  • Apple and Samsung are in a mood to not to fall down. That is the great comparison between Samsung and iPhone .they have impressive and useful features. But the rating of iPhone camera is awesome. since Apple built a lot of brilliance into the front camera, We can add those effects to our selfies. while Samsung is back with several smarphones. both have great aspects. The user just wants to get benefits from them.Apple and Samsung are in a mood to not to fall down. That is the great comparison between Samsung and iPhone .they have impressive and useful features. But the rating of iPhone camera is awesome. since Apple built a lot of brilliance into the front camera, We can add those effects to our selfies. while Samsung is back with several smarphones. both have great aspects. The user just wants to get benefits from them.Actually, I am also thinking to design and develop a mobile comparison website but you know, it’s not an easy job to collect mobiles data. A lot of time and cost is required to build a website and I don't want to spend a lot of money as I am new in this field. My colleague has suggested me RevGlue for this purpose as this a UK based registered company and are providing mobiles and its deals data for the UK only with the name of RevEmbed technology as I have read its blog revglue.com/blog-detail/13-setup-free-uk-mobile-comparison-website but I am a little bit confused as it’s a newborn company. Anyone, have experience with RevGlue. Guide me guys in this respect. Waiting for your kind Response.


  • fstomaz 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    How much profit do they make!!!


  • We were so glad Apple joined the mobile market at First,but now there just Ripping people off with there price policy of there phones,Samsung seems to be the company that at suppose to have copied Apple phones,but can"t see no Galaxy phone looking like a iPhone,Apple without Samsung screens would struggle,that is why?they have claimed some money back off Samsung for the cost of the screens,they have now switched to unreliable Lg for there screens,and hope now this puts Apple in more trouble,so really Glad i have never bought a iPhone and got Ripped off with the cost of there phones and iTunes as well,will Apple now sue the companies offering there stupid Notch on phones,lets see if they act like babies again


  • My question is why keep making OLED panels for them. Kinda dumb if you ask me!


    • Moussa 2 weeks ago Link to comment

      Have you ever heard that saying "it's nothing personal, it's just business", it's one of those things.