Apple victory a loss for US consumers?
The patent infringement case may be felt beyond the confines of the companies involved.
By Alyssa Oursler
And that's just the beginning.
Apple and Samsung are battling in more than 50 lawsuits in 10 countries, and the effects of this one could extend beyond the obvious. Other Android makers, as well as American consumers, are likely to feel the effects.
To start, Friday's ruling included patent violations for three features common in mobile devices: pinch-to-zoom images, tap-to-enlarge text and the touch function to scroll through pages, USA Today reports.
Off the bat, this means many Samsung devices could disappear, including the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and possibly the Nexus S 4G and S II.
It could also be a problem for Android-based phones from all makers, especially since there is speculation that the goal of Apple's patent wars may be to take down the entire Google (GOOG) Android operating system.
Regardless, consumers could already face higher costs for the same devices, or may have to adapt to a new format and features. In fact, even consumers already owning such products could be required to download updates that rework certain features in order to comply with the ruling.
For the most part, though, people with Android devices have no reason to worry. Their devices will keep working, and the biggest impact will be felt later.
Still, in the big picture, the verdict could be seen "as a loss for the American consumer" as opposed to "a win for Apple," Samsung said recently.
But the ruling is indeed a clear victory for Apple and is just the latest of good news for the company. AAPL shares have gained more than 70% and recently soared to a U.S. record market cap.
On top of the $1 billion settlement Apple is set to receive, the ruling will also likely dismantle -- or at least scare -- any other copycat companies.
For consumers, though -- especially those who are Android users and lovers -- the same may not be true.
As of this writing, Alyssa Oursler did not own a position in any of the aforementioned securities.
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