Q: Can Samsung appeal this decision? Do you expect that it will?
A: Samsung can to appeal the decision through the federal appellate court system all the way to the Supreme Court, and most expect that they will. The appeal will pend for several years before final decisions are made. In the meantime, the parties may decide that settlement is a better solution. The dispute is ongoing in various countries of the world, and Apple filed a new suit against Samsung based on other products. In a parallel case between Samsung and Apple in South Korea, the court basically found that both parties infringed each other's South Korean patents. Looking at overall global competition, the parties may investigate a global cross-licensing scheme, which is a legal arrangement sometimes used to settle patent infringement disputes. However, the U.S. case is the center of the dispute and likely will have more impetus in forging any licensing relationship between the parties. Some believe the dispute is really aimed at Google, which developed the Android operating system that Samsung products use. Apple has been waging a proxy war against hardware manufacturers whose products use the Android system, which is now the world leader in OS sales. It's rumored that Apple and Google managements recently engaged in confidential talks to discuss a wide range of intellectual property matters. We may see these companies share their technologies through licensing arrangements.
Don Mecoy, Business Writer