Critics are already coming out of the woodwork saying that this verdict will limit consumer choice, increase costs – as Samsung and other manufacturers with similar designs will have to pay royalties to Apple – and limit innovation.
My reaction: tough.
Apple did the hard work. They spent a lot of time and money developing the iPhone, iPad and the software to make them work so well. They created the interface and made it desirable. Samsung and others, with the support of Google, piggybacked on that success. Taking Apple's ideas, knocking them off and making them cheaper.
Well, that's not innovation, my friends. That's plagiarism, and now they're paying the price.
Innovation isn't about value engineering. It isn't about following the leader. It isn't about taking someone else's idea and putting your spin on it.
Innovation is about combining existing knowledge and technology with new ideas to create something the world hasn't seen before.
Yes, because of this decision we may have to pay a little more for our Android-powered smartphones. But don't dare argue that protecting patents stifles innovation. If anything it encourages innovation.
Only when we protect those who invest the time, money sweat and blood to create products that change the world will the copycats be forced to abandon their me-too strategies and invent something new themselves.
It's time for Google and Samsung to stop paying their lawyers, hire more engineers and start innovating for a change.