Apple’s Victory Could Mean Fewer Phone Options
Apple Inc.’s $1 billion legal victory could mean fewer smartphone options for consumers to choose from, analysts said.
A federal jury’s verdict Friday that Samsung Electronic Co. stole Apple’s technology to make and market smartphones using Google’s Android software sends a warning to other companies manufacturing similar devices, the biggest marketplace threat to Apple.
“Some of these device makers might end up saying, `We love Android, but we really don’t want to fight with Apple anymore,’” said Christopher Marlett, CEO of MDB Capital Group, an investment bank specializing in intellectual property. “I think it may ultimately come down to Google having to indemnify these guys, if it wants them to continue using Android.”