@Bolaji, I certainly agree with you and that long-term this is a negative for the industry, but I don't think this pain will be felt or even noticed by consumers.
So I'm a little surprised by the poll results. Yes, this is bad for the industry, yes, it's a silly fight, but I don't really see how the end result will be higher prices for consumers. A lot of money will be wasted on lawyers and all that, but in this hyper-competitive space the financial burden will not be shoveled upon the innocent public, in my opinion.
Depending on the outcome, it could impact consumers with higher prices if these cases get resolved or settled with additional royalty payments, which would most likely get passed onto the consumer in some way.
From consumer point of view, they are not bothered about such fights, patent issues or competition among companies. This is because nobody is blindly following any brands, consumers are very specific about functionality, specification and finally they needs something superior than the existing one. They are just watching who is going to offer a better device, with better functionality for a moderate or cheaper price.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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