A Pyrrhic Victory For Apple?

September 5, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

Apple’s victory over Samsung in an intellectual property lawsuit has made international headlines. Yet Clyde Prestowitz believes that Samsung will have the last laugh after all:

  • America is no longer the biggest smart phone market in the world, China is.
  • An American court found that a foreign company had infringed on American patents. Courts in other parts of the world take a differing view. Even if Samsung lost the case in the United States it may well win them in the rest of the world.
  • Samsung has almost double Apple’s global market share. All of this make the American verdict somewhat inconsequential.
  • Apple is also dependent on Samsung for components necessary to make products such as the iPhone. More than 30% of Apple’s value products is said to come from Samsung. The company might now choose to supply the latest innovations to other companies before Apple.

Read the full argument here.

Source: Foreign Policy