Some of the individual are of the view that the claim by Apple was unnecessary and unsportsmanlike. But, anyone who has gone through the pain of registering a patent and spending a huge investment in development of a technology would certainly understand the situation properly. In the current market situation companies like Samsung who run android operating system are superior in terms of technology. This might provide a chance to the engineers at Samsung to work on better technology. This ruling against Samsung would allow other firms to capture the market which could be bad for the consumer as they might come up with products of inferior quality.
This is a clear signal to the firms that the only way to survive in the market is innovation. If one tends to steal the patents of the other then it must suffer huge looses in terms of sales and hefts fines.