Apple’s preliminary ban against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has outraged many Android fans. Within just 8 hours, Engadget’s article has 5000 and counting comments of contradicting points of view. There are numerous comments with many supporters that Apple’s recent litigation actions are beyond defensive in nature and is completely anti-competitive. They are not convinced that trying to shut down the competing products by slamming bans and fines over patents like the “slide to unlock feature” and the search patent is fair. In fact, some comments accuse Judge Koh to be accepting bribery from Apple.
Some enraged customers are just fed up with the litigation war. Bans of products in either direction is bad for consumers and arguably innovation because the end-consumers will get less choice. In fact, AndroidCentral is angrily giving away a Galaxy Nexus in response to the “absurd” outcome. Based on the comments, there are also Apple consumers who are being turned off by Apple’s destructive nature and the once-loyal customers are promising to leave the Apple ecosystem.
Is Apple Just fulfilling Steve Job’s dying wish? Jobs vowed to spend his dying breath and every penny in Apple’s reserve to right the wrong and destroy Android – the “stolen product”. But will the lawsuit hurt Apple’s image more than it helps them show their strength in defense?
Patents are useful in itself to create barriers of entry for producers to copy new ideas in the short-run. They protect the inventors who are motivated to do R&D that pays a high-risk and high-reward relationship but the judge’s ruling has crossed the line.