Jimmy Martinez scribbled up a hunk of Apple/Samsung reportage on Saturday morning, detailing Sammo’s guilty verdict (x7) and the resultant bill for $1,049,343,540. Yeah, that’s roughly how much I get paid per paragraph.
Now we gots quotes from Samsung and Google. The Apple team was reportedly too busy doing shots of tequila in the adjacent bar.
Samsung was unsurprisingly quick to comment, taking to the courthouse steps and explaining that the guilty verdict is the end of the world for everyone.
“Today's verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer,” begins Samsung’s statement. “It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices.” Not so good.
“It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products.
“This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple's claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.”
Not the final word? Aww man, will this ever end?
Google, meanwhile, took a little longer to articulate its thoughts, and ultimately came up with this brief statement: “The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office.”
The Androidians continue: “The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.”
I wouldn't know where to begin commenting, so I’m off for a lie down instead.