The jury in the Apple-Samsung patent infringement case concluded that Samsung should pay Apple $1 billion in damages for ripping off features of Apple’s iPhone. This ruling is good for Apple, bad for Samsung and other Apple competitors, and terrible for consumers. More important is the precedent that this case sets. It supports companies profiting from trivial “feature patents.” One of the claims Apple made was that Samsung had infringed upon an Apple patent that covered a “rectangular” phone. Given that all smart phones are rectangular, will this patent force other manufacturer’s to rush forward stating “dibs on the xxxxxxx – shape”? Have patent offices lost their minds?
As for my smartphone, I want dibs on the cucumber shape, the big one for long distance service. And, I’m adding some personal social apps for private down time.