Consumers Likely to Feel Impact of Apple Defeat of Samsung

By Scott Martin, USA Today

Apple's swift victory in defense of its iPad and iPhone designs with a jury verdict of patent infringement against Samsung is likely to have wide-ranging effects on other device makers that run Google's popular Android operating system — and on their customers.

It could mean higher prices for the coolest features, different choices in mobile devices, and devices that work in less familiar ways. It means Apple's rival smartphone and tablet makers, and Google, will have to scramble harder.


"The smart money is going to say this is the end of Act One, we've teed it up for the federal circuit, and we'll see what's on for Act Two," says Robert Merges of Boalt Law School at the University of California-Berkeley.