The verdict is in: Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple’s patents [U]


Posted by: Brett

It’s take around three weeks for the testimony and around 21 hours for the jury to deliberate, but today, the verdict form was read and Samsung was found to be guilt of ‘knowingly and willingly’ infringing on Apple’s software and design patents with almost all of the devices in question. The jury completed their deliberation today at 2:35 PM Pacific Time and Samsung then requested 30 minutes to review the verdict form, while the Apple lawyer was reportedly seen smiling.

The questions were read off one by one and in the end, Samsung now owes Apple at least $1.051 billion in damages while Apple does not own a penny to Samsung, giving Apple a huge win. The patents Samsung infringed on included scrolling, zooming, and front design patents and devices included the Prevail, Infuse 4G, Galaxy S2, Mesmerize, and Replenish, among others.

More details are sure to emerge so stay tuned…

Source: The Verge

Update: Samsung has commented on today’s legal proceedings, according to The Verge:

Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.

Update 2: Apple has done so as well:

We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trail showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.

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