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  • Verdict In: Samsung Violated Apple Patents, Apple Awarded $1.05 Billion in Damages


    Apple won big in California today as a federal court jury awarded the company $1.05 billion in damages after ruling Samsung infringed on six of Apple’s patents.

    The damages awarded to Apple fall short of the company’s requested $2.5 billion, but still rank as one of the largest intellectual-property awards ever recorded. Also, the jury found that Apple did not violate any of the patents Samsung presented at the trial, a stark contrast to a decision made by a trio of Judges in South Korea yesterday that found Samsung and Apple products both banned in the country.

    After 22 hours of deliberation spanning three days the jury found that Samsung infringed on six of the seven patents Apple presented and found willful infringement by Samsung in five cases (this can influence the severity of damages). The lone patent the jury found invalid was a patent covering the physical design of the iPad.

    The quick turnaround, and decision in Apple’s favor mark a brief end to a month long patent trial argued on a worldwide stage. The decision is purely monetary however, and none of Samsung’s current products will be taken off store shelves or banned from sale. Still, expect Samsung to file an appeal immediately.

    *Update*
    ModMyi user Tal1995 caught an interesting bit of info in Yahoo news' coverage of the verdict. Apparently there still is the possibility of Samsung's products being banned. Judge Lucy Koh will make that decision without the help of jury and the fact Koh approved a preliminary injunction earlier on during the proceedings should make Samsung rather nervous.

    While it is impossible to know what the jury’s thoughts during deliberation were at the current time, Apple frequently references a document entitled “Relative Evaluation Report on S1, iPhone,” dated March 2, 2010. The document compared a number of features between the two phones and included a section entitled “directions for improvement” which entailed mimicking many features of the iPhone.

    Samsung argued that being inspired by your competitors isn’t illegal, and provided photos and emails containing early tablet-like products in an attempt to have one of Apple’s design patents thrown out. Interestingly enough, the only patent the jury found Samsung didn’t violate was the iPad design patent.

    Apple won a single legal battle in the current patent war that may ultimately financially insignificant after the appeals process. But, the positive press, continued strain on Samsung’s legal team, and the message the verdict sends to competitors likely outweighs any damages awarded.


    This video I made a year ago seems somewhat fitting.
    Source: The Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verdict In: Samsung Violated Apple Patents, Apple Awarded $1.05 Billion in Damages started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 130 Comments
    1. mindblown's Avatar
      mindblown -
      *waiting for that troll to post something*
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by mindblown View Post
      *waiting for that troll to post something*
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jarolin Vargas View Post
      this is great. Samsung devices might not have been banned. but they will be forced to redesign their devices. and they will think twice before copying any other products in the future. Apple looks like a complete jerk on the eyes of the consumers. but if they did something really generous like donating those 1.05 billion to charity it would let people know that they didn't do this for the money, but to defend whats theirs and stand up for themselves. i really want them to give away that money.
      You are dreaming.
    1. mindblown's Avatar
      mindblown -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      LOL, you probably know who i am talking about, well everyone should know who i am talking about haha
    1. MPS3's Avatar
      MPS3 -
      +1 they rly dont need all that money
    1. NeoReaper's Avatar
      NeoReaper -
      I'm glad to see that justice has been served. It's interesting to see so many people still can't tell that Samsung blatantly copied apple. I'm glad the jury understands the law better than the average fanboy.
    1. MountainCubX's Avatar
      MountainCubX -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      In my opinion both company's take ideas from each other. I think the whole thing is bull.
      I agree.





      "Today, I found an M&M in a bag of skittles. I believe it was spying on the enemy."
    1. Modding life's Avatar
      Modding life -
      Yeah apple for the win Samsung should change their name to Samsuck
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      Still can't view the YouTube on here.
      -_- is this considered "trolling"?

      The lawsuit was quite interesting.
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Modding life View Post
      Yeah apple for the win Samsung should change their name to Samsuck
      Please tell me you're not trying to be funny..
    1. Modding life's Avatar
      Modding life -
      Quote Originally Posted by Airwaves182 View Post
      Please tell me you're not trying to be funny..
      No I hate Samsung
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by mindblown View Post
      *waiting for that troll to post something*
      Ya where that Nakedfaire at???? I'd like to see him post on this subject now!
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      I don't see why Apple "looks like a complete jerk." Firstly, it's a company, not a person. Secondly, suing another company for patent infringement is common around the world. And appropriate, especially if it's true. The jury came to a verdict very quickly in this case (the judge was quoted as saying she thought the case might be too complex for them), which leads me to believe that the case as presented was clear enough that it could be decided by laymen fairly easily. As to giving away the money, why? Apple is in business to make money. And, of course, the finding will be appealed through the courts for years, costing Apple more money to defend itself over and over. Oh, and if YOU had the ability to invent something, and patented it, and I was clever (venal) enough to copy it and sell it, my guess is YOU would sue ME and, if you won, YOU wouldn't give the money away.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      I don't see why Apple "looks like a complete jerk." Firstly, it's a company, not a person. Secondly, suing another company for patent infringement is common around the world. And appropriate, especially if it's true. The jury came to a verdict very quickly in this case (the judge was quoted as saying she thought the case might be too complex for them), which leads me to believe that the case as presented was clear enough that it could be decided by laymen fairly easily. As to giving away the money, why? Apple is in business to make money. And, of course, the finding will be appealed through the courts for years, costing Apple more money to defend itself over and over. Oh, and if YOU had the ability to invent something, and patented it, and I was clever (venal) enough to copy it and sell it, my guess is YOU would sue ME and, if you won, YOU wouldn't give the money away.
      ^this guy
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Now that sucks.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Now that sucks.
      Here he is fellas, the man of the moment...*drumroll*... Naked Faerie! What are your (obviously unbiased) thoughts on this decision of the court?

      Quote Originally Posted by Modding life View Post
      No I hate Samsung
      No offense, but this is quite an unintelligent thing to say. Sure, their phones are copy-cats, but that doesn't mean they are not nice. Sure I would rather have an HTC if I were to ever go to Android; but, they are still pretty decent. Not to mention their home appliances (i.e. refrigerators) are pretty nice as well.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      California favors Apple, look on the back of your iPhone to know why.
      Why do you think Apple wants to move all the lawsuits over to California?

      I am sure Samsung will appeal this case, hopefully they will take it all the way up to Supreme Court.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Now that sucks.
      Oh Oh Knew he couldn't resist

      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      Here he is fellas, the man of the moment...*drumroll*... Naked Faerie! What are your (obviously unbiased) thoughts on this decision of the court?
      +1

      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      California favors Apple, look on the back of your iPhone to know why.
      Why do you think Apple wants to move all the lawsuits over to California?

      I am sure Samsung will appeal this case, hopefully they will take it all the way up to Supreme Court.
      Do you not read the news? as far as i remember Apple has lawsuits all over the world. They just got done with one in South Korea did they not?
    1. iPhonePutz's Avatar
      iPhonePutz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      Ya where that Nakedfaire at???? I'd like to see him post on this subject now!
      Good to see I'm not the only one annoyed by his BS!
    1. Kenn@rd.'s Avatar
      Kenn@rd. -
      Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post
      Hopefully they'll use that money on research and development.
      +1, aGREED.