Originally Posted by lkrupp
Not one iota either way. The iHaters say Apple has taken a PR hit by even daring to sue Samsung. Today's stock price would seem to argue against that. But then the iHaters live in some alternate universe where everything Apple does makes them look bad in the eyes of the public at large and will doom the company RSN.
I disagree. The share price could move, possibly even a few percentage points.
If Apple wins, the judgment will mean that the competitors will have to stop copying Apple and Apple's distinct look and feel will become an even stronger competitive edge. While a few hundred million dollars (or even a billion or two) would have only a modest effect on share price (roughly, a $1 B judgment would theoretically increase share price by around 0.15% if it was actually paid).
If Apple loses, then the competition would feel that they have free rein to make even closer copies of Apple products without repercussions.
In either case, any move in the share price would be tempered by the expectation that any judgment from Koh's court will be appealed, but I would not be surprised to see the share price swing, particularly if the decision is decisive.
Originally Posted by ebergh
I suppose you all saw the Dog and Pony show yesterday in San Jose where Governor Moonbeam and the SJ Mayor were falling over themselves to get down and kiss the feet of the head of Samsung when he came to town to promise to open a new office. It was a truly disgusting show. Of course the size of the facility and the number of hires is yet to be disclosed, but the local politicos are all in a lather about how wonderful this will be and are making all sorts of promises to Samsung to entice them to come here.
Wonderful coincidence of timing, eh?
I don't think it's likely to affect the decision. The more frustrating thing for me is that it's yet another example of how people are so ready to fall for hype and empty promises from organizations that have a lot of money. If I were to approach the mayor of San Jose and say I was planning to open a new office, he would want the details - including how much I was going to spend and how many people I planned to hire - before he would even talk to me. If Samsung says they're going to open a new office, they don't need any details. They are simply praised to high heavens from the start.
The same could theoretically apply to Apple, but Apple generally doesn't play that game. Because of secrecy concerns, they tend not to announce anything until all their ducks are in a row and then they announce it all at once.