Apple v Samsung

The Patent Showdown

In the years following the release of Apple's groundbreaking iPhone in 2007, South Korean electronics giant Samsung released a competing series of personal electronics based on Google's Android operating system. Apple filed a series of U.S. lawsuits against Samsung, alleging several instances of patent infringement. Samsung responded with lawsuits in various other jurisdictions. After years of litigation and hundreds of millions in legal expenditures, we are left with the question of whether Apple or Samsung would have been better off not suing in the first place — is this a classic Prisoner's Dilemma?

Keywords:
  • Smart Phone
  • Nash's Equilibrium
  • Prisoner’s Dilemma
  • Cell Phone
  • Game Theory
Industry:
  • Tech
  • Cell Phone
  • Smart Phone
Subject:
  • Strategy

Learning Objectives

At the end of this experience, your students will be able to grasp, evaluate and articulate… 

  1. applications of the Prisoner’s Dilemma to real-world game dynamics
  2. the distinction between stage games and dynamic games as they apply in real-world scenarios
  3. the concept of repeated games (finite and infinite) and when they may be used to model real-world situations


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