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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Re-Blog: Apple vs. Samsung: Hot Coffee All Over Again?

This blog post originally appeared on the official Blog of GITEX Technology Week, called "Tech Talk."  To view the full blog post, please click here.

Aug 30,2012 - by 

In a previous post wrote I had written about the Apple vs. Samsung case, I asked the question as to whether this lawsuit was a front for a proxy war between Apple and Google.  While we may be no clearer to answering that question at this stage, we have seen the judgment for the trial where Samsung was ordered to pay out just over a billion dollars in damages to Apple.  There is still a lot of legal wrangling that is to come in this case but the post trial reactions have somewhat of a surprise.
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While Apple may have been the victor, there have not been as many commentators slapping Apple on the back for a job well done.  Without passing judgment on this case in particular, we have seen lawsuits wherein the use of lobbyists to fight a case has ultimately influenced the outcome of a court case.  The tobacco industry is probably one of the most notorious for the use of lobbyists. In this case could the Apple victory be seen as a lobbyist victory of sorts?  There is a lot more to a lawsuit that is immediately apparent and it’s better to hold judgment until all the facts are clear.
Many lawsuits at times seem frivolous but there are facts that may not always appear to be as apparent.  The best example that comes to mind is the McDonald’s lawsuit when they got sued by Stella Liebeck after she spilled hot coffee on her lap.  The lawsuit was seen as a joke by many at the time and even till today, most people still don’t’ realize the essence of the case.  

To read the remainder of this post on the Tech Talk blog, please click here.