As Apple shares go up and Samsung's shares tumble, Apple has struck another blow to the South Korean company by listing its eight smartphones that it wants the court to ban from US stores for infringing its patents.
Coinciding with the move, the Samsung shares have started tumbling for past couple of days, and the shares of rival handset maker HTC have also slipped 1.9% in Taiwan, apparently because they use the Android operating systems, the same used by many Samsung smartphones. The verdict is predicted to cast ripple effects on smartphone manufacturers using the Android software in the near future.
Earlier, Apple was granted an injunction banning Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, and now it has asked the court for injunctions on Samsung's Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 (AT&T), Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.
While it is an embarrasment for the South Korean company, the users of its smartphones and tablets need not to worry, as according to legal experts, these people shouldn't be bothered about the outcome affecting their warranties.
Out of seven disputed patent cases, Apple won six, as the jury delivered a landmark judgement on Friday against the Samsung. It held that Samsung had infringed on the patents held by the Apple that include features such as scrolling, zooming and enlarging text.
Samsung now faces a tough task of either increasing the cost of its products or devising some other strategies so that it can pay Apple licensing fee. “I don't expect Apple to license if they're trying to destroy Android and put it out of the market," Mark McKenna, University of Notre Dame law professor told USA Today.
Whatever the outcome of the court battles, Samsung customers are most likely to feel the heat in the form of inflated prices on its devices.