re: Apple Vs. Samsung Trial: What's At Stake
You're kidding, right? Or you're just too young to actually know what really happened. Apple visited Xerox PARC in the late 1970s and saw the GUI and mouse concepts, among other things. They incorporated much of what they saw into the Lisa (and later the Mac) as well as the Apple II line. The Lisa project began in 1978; Apple visited PARC in 1979; and the Lisa went on sale in January of 1983, but had obviously been in prototype stage for many months (years?) prior to that.
Windows, on the other hand, was Microsoft's response to the Lisa and Macintosh. Microsoft announced its Windows project in November of 1983 -- 11 months after Apple already had a shipping product. The "windows" project wasn't initiated until 1981 - by which time Apple already had prototype of the Lisa running, according to various Apple history books, interviews, etc. Most accounts explain that Jobs showed Bill Gates a Lisa prototype (so that MS could develop software for it) and Gates returned to Redmond and declared that MS had to develop its own windowing interface for its DOS operating system.
As for Apple "making up for their innovation losses during their infancy," the company is the most valuable company in the world, by a wide margin. Yes, it learned lessons from its past. That's only prudent. But with a value of roughly $600 BILLION -- more twice that of Microsoft -- Apple has more than recuperated any losses from earlier on.
Please, don't waste folks' time commenting on things about which you obviously don't have the facts straight.