I was unable to attend the seminar today where the Apple-Samsung verdict was discussed and while I am sure we have all heard the various arguments I thought it might be interesting to ask how our class members view the verdict.
Some say the verdict will help incentivize more innovation in the marketplace while some say the patent verdict will discourage innovation. One main area of controversy is the patent on the “pinch to zoom” feature that the jury upheld which many people say will prevent other companies from creating similar features that allow the user to have the same experience. For people who enjoy this feature and who generally tend to buy any brand but Apple this could present an issue. A common opinion that forcing other brands to find different ways to do things just for the sake of coming up with different ways to do things will create worthless inefficiency in the innovation field.
While I think all the arguments (at least that I have heard/read) have many valuable points, I share the opinion that this patent issue is similar to requiring car manufacturers to create triangular steering wheels for their cars out of patent litigation concerns, even though circular steering wheels are the universally standard shape. (I am not trying to take credit for coming up with that analogy.) I am not an avid technology junkie. In fact, I usually have to be forced to upgrade phones before ever doing so, and I think my personal approach to technology certainly influences the way I view this issue. My hope is to learn the various reasons why others take the opposing or same opinion.