Originally Posted by afv011
The thing to take away from this is that this trial and the patent BS has actually been detrimental to Apple and has actually made Samsung a more recognized brand. A prime example of shooting yourself in the foot.
At the start of the time period Samsung and Apple were pretty much neck and neck.
At the end of the time period, Samsung and Apple were pretty much neck and neck.
Both companies have higher satisfaction numbers at the end of the period than at the start.
If you drew a best-fit plot through the Apple numbers, the trend would be upwards, not downwards.
I'm not sure how you draw anything from it except that there was serious short-term damage to Samsung, but that the effect wore off very quickly, and now they are back to roughly where they started relative to Apple.
Edit: The article you quote does not attribute Apple's recent decline to anything patent-related, but to
...negative feedback about the maps application on the new iPhone 5 and [...] product shortages