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Apple's Win Ushers in an Era of Nastiness in Tech

Stocks in this article: AAPL GOOG NOK RIMM MSFT

Similarly, there are also two winners. In addition to Apple, the other victor in this case can potentially be Microsoft (MSFT). Manufacturers will look for a way clear from legal concerns over designs. I think this opens the door for Microsoft and to some extent Nokia to recapture some market share from Samsung and Android.

While I doubt that Apple cared about helping Microsoft, the question remains, what will Microsoft do with this opportunity? As a "non-Android" option, will it be able to put together a product that appeals to consumers? Clearly Apple has this figured out.

Samsung is now being punished for thinking that it was easier to copy Apple. Microsoft must discover on its own what the right mix will be to capitalize on this opportunity. But the window won't be open forever.

Samsung is certain to appeal this decision and will seek to delay as much of its payment owed to Apple as possible. Meanwhile, Google is realizing that its own attack against Apple by virtue of its patents acquired via its acquisition of Motorola (MMI) aren't carrying the same weight. This is after it was recently discovered that the company violated user privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser and forced to pay $22.5 million in fines.

Apple is taking no prisoners. The company is shrewd and seems to now operate with a chip on its shoulder. As much as it targeted Samsung in this trial, there is now evidence that Google is who it was after all along. It won. What will this mean for the Android ecosystem is anyone's guess. But it affirms that unlike any other sector, the competition that exists in technology has gotten brutal and downright nasty.

Not only is Apple now targeting every rival that has crossed it the wrong way, but the recent movement of the stock suggests that the company is determined to punch holes in every bear argument and continue as has the past three years.

At the time of publication, the author was long AAPL and held no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

Richard Saintvilus is a private investor with an information technology and engineering background and has been investing and trading for over 15 years. He employs conservative strategies in assessing equities and appraising value while minimizing downside risk. His decisions are based in part on management, growth prospects, return on equity and price-to-earnings as well as macroeconomic factors. He is an investor who seeks opportunities whether on the long or short side and believes in changing positions as information changes.
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