Amazing how often you still here that old Xerox story, isn't it?
Here are a few other desperate statement that have made the rounds over the past couple of days:
Hah! See Apple is also a slavish, criminal copier! Forgetting that two wrongs don't make a right, it seems that a number of Android fans believe that Apple being found guilty of infringing on an essentially worthless patent (c'mon, $152,000? That wouldn't even buy a house) was some sort of turning point, and now Apple is now as low as Samsung.
To begin with, being found guilty of infringement is nothing new for Apple.
Secondly, there is a big difference being found guilty of patent infringement, and being found guilty of wilful patent infringement. The first is because you didn't check and find an obscure patent that is essentially worthless ($152,000); the second is because you deliberately stole someone else's hard work ($119million).
Hah! Apple didn't get anywhere near what they asked for! This is true, but did anyone think Apple was really going to land such an outrageous amount of money? I'm pretty sure Apple's lawyers didn't. But this case has always been more about sending a message than actually making money (which is just as well because so far, Apple has made zilch). The message has been sent: If you steal how stuff, no matter how trivial the patent, then we will drag you through every court on the planet, no matter what it costs us – and what it costs you. But what Apple was expecting was a larger amount than this because it needs to ensure that folk understand the expense involved in copying their stuff.
Samsung has already confessed to having copied Apple's stuff; what they're fighting for is to minimise the costs of doing so. And this is a fight they cannot afford to lose. Samsung's R&D is poorly-focussed and ineffective. They cannot skate to wear the puck is going to be, so they send out fifty blind hockey players on to the ice and get them to skate around until the puck runs into one of them. Their poor attempt at fingerprint recognition is one example; too little too late.
The awful Galaxy Gear smart watch: foisted on an unsuspecting market as soon as they heard Apple was working on a smart watch. A calculated gamble: get something out their first, no matter how bad it is, then no one can say we copied Apple. Not sure this will work, because their smartphones were on sale before Apple released the iPhone. The problem was with what their phones turned into as soon as they took a close look at the iPhone.
This behaviour is par for the course for Samsung, they did it to Sharp, Pioneer and now Apple according to this article in Vanity Fair
Samsung are ruthless in their will to dominate any market they enter and will use any means to get their way.
Stealing others work and creating long drawn out court battles is what they have always excelled at.