Apple, Samsung, back in court

Samsung and Apple are at it again.

This time Samsung is suing Apple for violating eight of its patents. The back and forth courtroom battle has been going on since June, and it seems as if there will be no clear winner in the end.

A U.S. district court in San Jose, Calif. found that Samsung had violated six Apple patents in August and claimed that the company was liable for $1.05 billion. We could very well see such a decision handed down by the courts in the coming months.

What seems to get lost in all the dollar signs and finger pointing is the question, “Does any of this matter?” In my opinion it doesn’t.

Samsung and Apple can spend all year sending lawyers to the courtrooms, but in the end what does the “winner” really get out of all of this? Sure, $1.05 billion is a lot of money, but that’s only a fraction of Apple’s net worth of well over $600 billion.

It seems to me that this is less about the money and more about trying to eliminate the  competition. Apple by no means needs $1.05 billion, but they would like to see Samsung smartphones pushed off the market.

I don’t think it really matters who came up with the idea of “syncing” first or who created the “slide-to-unlock” feature. We should just be happy we have these features to improve our smartphone experience.

I remember the days when “Snake” was the only game you could play on your phone and when the newest feature was “click-to-talk.” Since then pretty much every phone has enabled “click-to-talk” of some kind, yet I don’t recall Nextel handing out lawsuits.

The fact of the matter is that there is no importance to who came up with what first. As part of one giant community known as “The Human Race,” we owe it to each other not to brag about who made what first, but to instead embrace new developments. Apple and Samsung need to put aside their differences and just work together to make further advancements.

Progression is not something we accomplish on our own. It’s accomplished when we work together.