The case of Apple Vs Samsung has finally come to an end in the United States court system. The jury have delivered the verdict and they have gone with Apple on pretty much all patent infringements. Samsung have been ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages for infringing on their design patents. This is less than half of what Apple were looking for with their claim.
The same jury has also found that Apple did no infringe on any of Samsung’s patents and as such award no damages. Word is that the Jury have been called back in to go over a discrepancy of where it award 2 million in damages over the Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE, but actually found that it didn’t infringe on any patent claims.
Here is a breakdown of each infringing device and the amount awarded to Apple. The rest would probably come to punitive damages and other infringements by Samsung.
- $57 million for the Samsung Prevail
- $53,123,612 for the Samsung Mesmerize
- $44,792,974 for the Samsung Infuse 4G
- $954,060 for the Samsung Transform
- $3,350,256 for the Samsung Replenish
Apple are of course going to be extremely happy for their win here, although Samsung will more than likely appeal the decision with whatever way they can and since there has already been a discrepancy, things may get heated up again.
Both Apple and Samsung have sent out press releases about the verdict, check them out below.
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.
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