I think the case can be summed up as this:
The problem is as follows, iPhone was/is? obviously vastly superior to every other competitor's alternative. How does one then deal with a situation where that company (Apple) can then dictate to the market what is going to be the standard until its IP can be copied?
Obviously the creator should be allowed to protect its creation and benefit from it financially. However there is the public good. Normally after a certain period say 5 or 10 years competitors should be able to copy and make a generic product. The issue here is to ascertain if Samsung broke the rules by copying too early.
My opinion, which means nothing, is that they did break the patent law.
The second issue is if another company (Samsung), because it thinks it can get away with it, and because it knows it's inferior products cannot possibly compete with the newcomers superior product, blatantly copies it, AND gains significant market share. This creates a second problem because then all the customers who purchased the "illegal" copy are then compromised. If Apple can stop the sale of the knock off, this will not be in the public good, however justifiable the original company's inventor status is.
The sad fact is Samsung should arguably have been stopped earlier, but the court system is broken. Samsung took advantage of the court system knowing full well they could get away with it. Morally this is reprehensible. But that folks is going to be the reason why in the end we all lose out ultimately because there will be little incentive to build great new products given a company like Samsung can get away with this type of thing and unfortunately we will never know just how much it will cost us because we won't know what might have been designed.
I wonder if this is the real reason Apple hasn't come out with an iWatch or other products yet because they can't trust Samsung not to copy it?
If this had been a new drug , there is no way that it would have been allowed.
So ironically its Apple's fault, they should not have designed a phone that leapfrogged the crap that was there and gained a 3 year advantage. Is it a wonder Apple is so secretive? Who can blame them?