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Apple Verdict ‘Puts a Dent’ in Competitors: Analyst

Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | 6:06 PM ET

Apple’s $1 billion copyright victory against Samsung will hurt Android phone makers, a Topeka Capital Markets senior analyst said Monday on CNBC.

“This is a very, very sweet victory for Apple. It really enhances their brand as an innovator. Samsung looks as if it’s the imitator,” Brian White said on “Fast Money.”

Apple Verdict 'Puts a Dent' in iPhone Competitors
The $1 billion copyright verdict against Samsung will hurt Android phone makers, says Brian White, senior analyst at Topeka Capital Markets.

The jury verdict that found Samsung copied iPhone designs for its Android smartphone could hurt the Korean manufacturer, he argued, and could be just one battle in the larger “thermonuclear war” late Apple CEO Steve Jobs vowed against Google’s operating system. (Read More: Munster: Apple-Google ‘Drama Far From Over’)

“I think it definitely puts a dent in the brand,” he said. “I think it’s a very, very important point: Who’s pure, who innovates and who’s authentic plays into your brand.

“I think it will be an impact in the device makers, which will slow down some of the Android ecosystem for sure.”

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