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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.

    Youtube Video
    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. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      Quote Originally Posted by td1439 View Post
      This is great news for Ford Motors. Now they can sue anyone who blatantly rips off design features on cars like using four wheels or an engine.
      Pretty much sums it up. lol good stuff
    1. td1439's Avatar
      td1439 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post
      Pretty much sums it up. lol good stuff
      Good to see someone got the joke instead of nerd-raging about the history of the automobile.
    1. blwallace5's Avatar
      blwallace5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by swifty7 View Post
      a believe Apple is bigger than Google and Oil Companies. Apple might reach and be the first company to worth a Trillion Dollars if it keeps on going the way it is then again pharmaceuticals might make even more money per fiscal year. Anyway my point is that I wish ill will toward any company that are arrogant and think that they're untouchable. The reason I'm singling out Apple is because all I keep reading is how much profit they're constantly making.
      Petty jealousy over success is nothing new, but it is destroying our world. Instead of wishing ill will towards someone or something, how about you use your energy towards something positive and tangible. Just a thought.

      Quote Originally Posted by td1439 View Post
      Good to see someone got the joke instead of nerd-raging about the history of the automobile.
      Lol, actually knowing what you are talking about makes you a nerd. You can resort to baseless attacks to defend yourself, but you still look like an idiot talking out of your as$.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by td1439 View Post
      Good to see someone got the joke instead of nerd-raging about the history of the automobile.
      But Ford did have a number of patents on crucial components of the Model T. Mercedes Benz also file one of the earliest patents regarding automobiles.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by td1439 View Post
      Good to see someone got the joke instead of nerd-raging about the history of the automobile.
      It was a pretty lame joke man. And at least get your facts right.
    1. jrrtps's Avatar
      jrrtps -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jarolin Vargas View Post
      this is great. Samsung devices might not have been banned. but they will be forced to redesign their devices. and they will think twice before copying any other products in the future. Apple looks like a complete jerk on the eyes of the consumers. but if they did something really generous like donating those 1.05 billion to charity it would let people know that they didn't do this for the money, but to defend whats theirs and stand up for themselves. i really want them to give away that money.
      ]
      agreed 100%...
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Samsung knew they were copying, but they just went ahead. Good for Apple that they had the guts to sue them. It shows all the phone companies that they just can't copy Apple because of their success.
    1. td1439's Avatar
      td1439 -
      Quote Originally Posted by blwallace5 View Post
      Lol, actually knowing what you are talking about makes you a nerd. You can resort to baseless attacks to defend yourself, but you still look like an idiot talking out of your as$.
      Knowing what you're talking about doesn't make you a nerd. Nitpicking points that are tangential to the idea behind the post does, though.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by td1439 View Post
      Knowing what you're talking about doesn't make you a nerd. Nitpicking points that are tangential to the idea behind the post does, though.
      And bringing back arguments makes you a pest. So please just drop it.
    1. seann33uk's Avatar
      seann33uk -
      I love how UK BBC news got this story at about 1am GMT (BST) this morning and you guys got it an hour later! Surely you, Americans, Can get news faster than that
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      Samsung knew they were copying, but they just went ahead. Good for Apple that they had the guts to sue them. It shows all the phone companies that they just can't copy Apple because of their success.
      Yea and Apple doesn't copy people. Your so biased dude.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by TechnoUniversity View Post
      Yea and Apple doesn't copy people. Your so biased dude.
      Apple doesn't copy "people". Does your iPhone look humanoid to you? Does your iPad resemble hominid characteristics?
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      Apple doesn't copy "people". Does your iPhone look humanoid to you? Does your iPad resemble hominid characteristics?
      IOS 5 was nothing but a copy of Android. Did google complain and go sue them? No, they just kept working to make Android better. I own Apple products but all the copy bs of stuff that should not be patentable is crazy. Round display. WTF!!!
    1. HeliPilot's Avatar
      HeliPilot -
      Quote Originally Posted by seann33uk View Post
      I love how UK BBC news got this story at about 1am GMT (BST) this morning and you guys got it an hour later! Surely you, Americans, Can get news faster than that
      I am in the USA and received the news less then 5 minutes after the verdict . Just have to know where BBC, CNN, FOX and the rest get THEIR info. LOL
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by TechnoUniversity View Post
      IOS 5 was nothing but a copy of Android. Did google complain and go sue them? No, they just kept working to make Android better. I own Apple products but all the copy bs of stuff that should not be patentable is crazy. Round display. WTF!!!
      Where did Google get their ideas? Alot of them were from jailbreak tweaks. And did the tweak developers sue Google? No. Checkmate. Goodbye.
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by whenyourmad View Post
      Are you blind? Have you heard that it was a rumor and it was quickly confirmed that Apple didn't lay off employees? UGH READ PEOPLE
      People always here the bad news, cluck their tongues and then regurgitate it to coworkers for shock value. It's just like the "boycott Starbucks because they don't support the military" emails. I'm still correcting people on that one. No one worries about verifying.
    1. Slim J's Avatar
      Slim J -
      Galaxy S III here I come. Screw iPhone 5
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by Slim J View Post
      Galaxy S III here I come. Screw iPhone 5
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      Where did Google get their ideas? Alot of them were from jailbreak tweaks. And did the tweak developers sue Google? No. Checkmate. Goodbye.
      Thanks for proving my point!! Everyone copies something but only Apple tries to sue everyone about it. Checkmate !!

      Like I tell everyone, best is relative. The iPhone has the best apps for me which is why I use one. GS3 is the best device as far as features to me. What's best for me is not best for everyone.
    1. gkiv's Avatar
      gkiv -
      I would ditch the iPhone without the jailbreak community!!! I love my 4s only because the jailbreak allowed so much innovation....the jailbreaker tweakers should Patent their tweaks and sue apple for millions when they steal a tweak and put it into the iOS!!! Apple have been Putting the same crap on the 3 generations of iPhone!!!! Hella boring without a jailbreak!!! now if samsung gets eliminated say good bye to innovation on the iPhone, every one will keep getting the same boring iOS....no point to upgrade to the next iPhone...I'm a apple customer but I don't lick their balls likes some apple fan boys.