In the short term, this has no impact on consumers.
The trial between Samsung and Apple has been billed by some as the trial of the century. That may be a little over blown, but it has gotten a lot of attention. And with the verdict today, that interest has grown significantly. And for many, trying to figure out what all this means is just starting to be figured out by the analysts. Obviously, it will be appealed by Samsung. The question for consumers though is what does this mean for me?
And the answer to that is probably nothing in the short term. A great discussion has come out as to what it does mean and for now, absolutely nothing. This will be appealed. Unless Apple is able to block Samsung products at the injunction hearing on September 21st, it does not matter. Now, if Apple does get granted an injunction on selected projects, that may cause an inconvenience, but if you already own a blocked Samsung product, it does not matter to you.
Google is going to have to start making changes in how their Android OS works so that it does not infringe on Apple patents. That is unless they prefer to license those items from Apple so that they can continue to use them in the Android OS. Some are already suggesting that Google and manufacturers will begin to change the way that they are producing products so that they are not infringing on Apple patents. Again, in the short term, you are not going to notice any difference.
The long term view is the one that is uncertain at this time. Whether companies license the technology or choose to take a different approach is where it is going to matter in the future. If they choose to license the technology, things should continue down the current path that we are seeing. If they do not and attempt to work around the Apple patents, consumers may see differences in the future which may not be for the better.
For now, it is difficult to know what this will mean in the long term. Some are even questioning whether this case is finally going to cause some changes in the US Patent Office and how things hare handled. That would probably be the best outcome resulting from the case. On that one, it is a long shot to happen, but would definitely help consumers. What do you think?