re: Apple-Samsung Case Hurts You, Me, The Economy
This is the same basic argument as "too big to fail." Because Samsung figured it was easier and cheaper to skip the development cycle, and its costs, so they could push more into the marketing of their product and consequently sell a lot of product, and users found their lower prices attractive enough to buy their product, is no reason for Apple to be denied its fair profits. They made the investment, and they should be able to reap the rewards.
Just because a lot of people may be hurt along the way, is no reason for that to change. Samsung cheated, and got caught, and are getting punished. No one is saying that isn't the truth. They are giving a whole lot of ancillary potential problems as justification to let Samsung get away with their cheating. One of which is the cry that "innovation will suffer." Yet everyone knows that it has been Apple that has led innovation for decades. It has not been Samsung.
In the beginning, Apple couldn't afford to fight off the combine of Microsoft backed by IBM, and they lost heavily, and almost went out of business. It was a lesson Steve Jobs learned and one that haunted him right to the end. It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, that he was determined not to let it happen again.
What's missing across the entire spectrum of business is simple ethics. If we stop rewarding innovators, instead of the copiers, innovation will surely stop. Why invest the creations of your mind, and push through all the negativity that innovators face, to develop a salable product if there is nothing at the end of the rainbow as a return for you. It's called ROI, and if somebody is stealing yours, wouldn't you fight? This time Apple could afford the fight, and I applaud their determination not to let it pass. Shame on Samsung and all of those who embrace these shoddy business practices.