Apple’s recent, seismic courtroom award was the right decision, according to smartphone sages that make up the Great British public.
In a survey of 5,473 tech fans conducted by uSwitch Tech, 52.93 per cent (2,897) concurred with Apple’s allegation and the jury’s verdict that Samsung had indeed ‘slavishly copied’ the iPhone for earlier iterations of its Galaxy range.
However, with almost as many (2,576) respondents rejecting Apple’s claims of flagrant copyright infringement, it’s fair to say that backing for the Cupertino-based company is pretty far from universal.
The findings come after a court in Apple’s home turf of sunny California ordered Samsung to pay £664 million to the iPhone-maker after it decided that the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S and massive-selling Galaxy S2 infringed on patents held by Apple.
Apple is now set to press ahead with a separate legal action later this year that, if successful, could see eight Samsung smartphones withdrawn from sale in the US.
The list of potentially prescribed phones does not, however, include Samsung’s current flagship, the Galaxy S3, whose UI tweaks and pebble form factor meant it escaped claims it was unduly inspired by the iPhone.