What does the Apple 1.05 billion patent infringement verdict mean for consumers? Get ready for the Apple tax, at least in the short term. After its stunning victory against rival device-maker Samsung Electronics Co. experts say consumers should expect smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices that license various Apple Inc. design and software innovations to be more expensive to produce.

“There may be a big Apple tax,” said IDC analyst Al Hilwa. “Phones will be more expensive.”

The reason is that rival device makers will likely have to pay to license the various Apple technologies the company sought to protect in court. The jury found that Samsung infringed as many as seven Apple patents, awarding $1.05 billion in damages.

From the wall street journal

 

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