The Great Smartphone War

Vanity Fair:

For three years, Apple and Samsung have clashed on a scale almost unprecedented in business history, their legal war costing more than a billion dollars and spanning four continents.

Beginning with the super-secret project that created the iPhone and the late Steve Jobs’s fury when Samsung—an Apple supplier!—brought out a shockingly similar device, Kurt Eichenwald explores the Korean company’s record of patent infringement, among other ruthless business tactics, and explains why Apple might win the battles but still lose the war.

Great read.

  • Yehat

    The worst part is not that Apple may lose the war, because Apple is a misfit in the world of ruthless business, lousy justice, endless greed and other dubious values. The worst is that companies like Samsung have become powerful by riding and further promoting these same values. But make no mistake, Samsung is a master of this art, but the force is not coming from it. Shame on you Google.


      Law is not designed to solve problem.

      If Wright Brothers couldn’t get justice. If Westinghouse couldn’t get justice against Thomas Edison. What is court system going to do when devices change every six months.

      Courts aren’t going to give injunction on software patents that can be removed or worked around. So far Apple hasn’t brought hardware patents because even those are hard for courts to resolve.

      Even with Apple’s experience of LCD price fixing. It is Apple that went out of the way to give contract to Samsung. Did Tim Cook not know Samsung’s history.

      Now all they can cry about is people are copying us, which is not technically illegal. HTC just copied the dual flash even though they signed to no clone, I guess that was only for UI.

  • bricajo

    Tim Cook, supply chain Jedi master, knows that the real and only solution here is not about lawsuits and judgements, but about exorcising Samsung from Apple period. Tough to do when the relationship is so entangled, but I believe he has been headed in this direction from the day…no the moment he first laid eyes upon the Galaxy.