Samsung and "Innovation"

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Sometimes it’s just best to keep your mouth shut, or remain vague. Two things Samsung should have copied from Apple.
— Ben Brooks

I've got to agree with Ben on this one. Over the last few days, I've been reading both sides of the arguments following the Apple v. Samsung verdict. Basically, the Apple fans loved it, while everyone else thought that this would only stifle innovation in the marketplace in the years to come, because Apple's patent portfolio just got the thumbs-up from the U.S. government.

While I can see why the latter group is concerned, I don't see this as bad for the typical consumer. Samsung's problem is that they were too blatant about ripping off Apple's designs, not that Apple is too litigious for their own good. Since the verdict was handed out, Samsung has done a lot of talking about how consumers want more innovation in the marketplace, but "innovating" is hell of a lot different than "copying another company's ideas wholesale and selling them as your own." 

We don't need more iPad clones on the market. Even Microsoft (of all companies) has developed a radically different UI with Windows Mobile 8, and even have some interesting new ideas like the keyboard cover. There's nothing stopping Samsung from creating something just as unique, they just need to put the actual work into it this time.

Update: Garrett Murray is exactly on-point about this too.