Samsung did NOT benefit from losing the patent trial

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“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”

Lewis Carroll
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Through the Looking-Glass

The oddest responses I’ve seen to the Samsung-Apple patent decision is something I will call “Alice in Wonderland punditry.” This article, titled, “Trial Verdict Could Benefit Samsung More Than Apple, Blogs Say,” from this past weekend is the kind of thing I’m talking about.

It goes something like, Samsung actually won because, well, I don’t quite follow their legal, financial or logical arguments, but it’s something like the way an alcoholic wins when they hit bottom.

I’ll admit, I don’t know how this will all end up. But, as I shared in my post last week before the decision, I believe that for many people who make the decisions at Apple, this case, and all the ones that will follow, including (take this to the bank with all that cash Apple has) the one with Google, are more than wars over patents: these are wars to defend the legacy of Steve Jobs.

It is extremely clear what the answer is to the question, “What would Steve do?” The question becomes, how far are those who now run Apple willing to carry out his answer.