Monday, August 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm.

What the Apple-Samsung verdict means for innovation

One of the popular takeaways I’ve seen from Apple’s huge patent victory over Samsung is that it will stifle innovation.

I actually think that’s the opposite of the truth. If anything, I hope it encourages companies to think up bold, new ideas instead of just copying each other. Many of the bold, new ideas will be dumb, and they will flop. But no one’s going to out-Apple Apple by copying the iPhone, anyway — that’s abundantly clear.

The key to being better, as John Gruber says nicely in this post, is to be different.