Apple has come out victorious in one of the biggest patent cases of our time. And they have won Big, and by Big we say by a Billion Dollars big ($1,049,343,540.00 to be exact). Although it’s less than half of the $2.5 Billion Apple was initially seeking, a billion dollars still, is definitely more than enough to put an exclamation point to Apple’s victory over Samsung. Initially the amount of damages awarded to Apple against Samsung was $1,051,855,000.00 but was changed to the final sum of $1,049,343,540.00 after the judge found an issue on how the jury calculated the damages for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE and Intercept.
According to Engadget, the federal court jury, after the 3 week long trial, deliberated for only just 21 hours and 37 minutes on their decision for the patent infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung. The jury also ruled that Apple did not infringe on Samsung’s patents namely on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. And promptly awarded zero dollars in damages against Apple.
Here are some of the key points in the final verdict:
Continuum, Droid Charge, Exhibit 4G, Galasy Ace, Prevail, S 4G, S II, Galaxy Tab, The Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, Mesmerie, Nexus S 4G, Replenish and Vibrant
Captivate, continuum, droid charge, fascinate, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S II, i9100, Galaxy s 2 Tmobile, Tab, Tab 10.1, Gem, Indulge, Infuse, Nexus S 4G
Fascinate, Galaxy S, S 4G, S 2 ATT, S2 i9100, S2 Tmobile, S 2 Epic 4G touch, Skyrocket, Showcase, Infuse 4G, Mesmerize, and Vibrant.
Both companies have already released their statements on the verdict. You can read about them 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.
Personally, I’m happy Apple won this one, obviously Samsung has indeed tried to blatantly copy Apple’s iPhone. This is from my own personal experience with Samsung’s products namely with their Galaxy S phones, at a glance the phone looks seemingly like an iPhone, even as an iPhone user my eyes got deceived by the similarities, even when the damn thing is turned on it looks liked an iPhone until I actually got to handle it and played with the interface which still seemed very much like on the iPhone.
It appalls me when a lot of people claim that “apple is just patent trolling”, first of all, Apple is not claiming to own and patent black rectangles and squares as Samsung is telling the world, that’s totally absurd. Obviously, you cannot go to court and claim that Samsung copied their patented Black rectangles, Squares and touchscreen user interface or whatever, Apple is claiming incredibly specific ways on how Samsung copied specific elements and how they are arranged that indeed Samsung is blatantly ripping off their products.
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