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Apple Awarded $1 Billion in Samsung Patent Case

By - Source: Reuters | B 184 comments

It's one damaging victory in a string of legal cases between Apple and Samsung that's stretched across the globe.

Reuters reports that a jury has awarded Apple $1.051 billion USD in damages in a local patent case against Samsung. The 9-person jury reportedly deliberated for less than three days before determining that Samsung had indeed copied the iPhone and iPad, infringing on several of Apple's patents. Jurors were required to fill out a 20-page verdict form with answers to over 700 questions relating to the particulars of the case, the New York Times adds.

In its suit against Samsung, Apple claimed that several products violated an Apple patent called "bounce back," essentially a visual effect which takes place when the user scrolls to the end of a list. The devices also infringed upon an Apple patent in which consumers use a pinch-to-zoom gesture when they want to magnify an image on their screen. Seven Apple patents total spanning physical and software were in question.

Apple had asked the jury to award it $2.5 billion in damages. The company produced evidence including internal Samsung memos and strategy documents that clearly indicated that the iPhone pushed the Korean company into overhauling its mobile phone efforts. It even presented juxtaposing pictures of phones from both companies to show the similarities. Based on the evidence, Samsung seemingly took shortcuts to get products out quicker.

Samsung argued that Apple had no sole right to geometric designs including a rectangular form factor with rounded edges. The company called Apple's damage claims "ridiculous," and urged the jury not to side with Apple, as it would stifle competition and reduce choices for consumers. Until today, the ongoing battle and bickering between the two had become just as ridiculous, each side struggling to thwart the other side's strategy, even sparking amusing comments from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh herself.

But with the verdict now given, Samsung, the biggest maker of Android phones, now faces an outright ban of its key products here in the States. Device manufacturers that use the Android operating system may also face additional legal challenges from Apple. Analysts and legal experts predict that phone makers will now make greater efforts to steer clear of features and designs that resemble Apple products.

Prior to the verdict on Friday, a South Korean court determined that both companies shared the blame. Samsung was ordered to stop selling ten products including its Galaxy S II phone. Apple was ordered to stop selling four different products including the iPhone 4. Meanwhile, Apple just this week became the biggest company by market value in history. Shares on Friday climbed 2-percent to a record high of $675 in after-hours trade.

As for the $5 billion-plus supply relationship between Apple and Samsung, that may be peppered for quite some time. Currently Apple is Samsung's biggest customer for components, yet this patent case was merely one victory amongst a string of legal battles between the two that are still winding their way through court systems across the globe. However this single U.S.-based battle has been deemed the most important, and will likely set the tone for the other legal cases.


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    jhansonxi , August 25, 2012 1:12 AM
    Regardless of who wina and loses, the consumer pays for the lawyers.
  • 54 Hide
    TheRooster94 , August 25, 2012 1:08 AM
    I can't wait until Apple dies
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    chewy1963 , August 25, 2012 1:08 AM
    And so it begins, the death of competition based on meaningless patents. FU Apple!
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  • 54 Hide
    TheRooster94 , August 25, 2012 1:08 AM
    I can't wait until Apple dies
  • 50 Hide
    chewy1963 , August 25, 2012 1:08 AM
    And so it begins, the death of competition based on meaningless patents. FU Apple!
  • 34 Hide
    Anonymous , August 25, 2012 1:10 AM
    ...And the corporations gobble up a little more of the world.
  • 57 Hide
    jhansonxi , August 25, 2012 1:12 AM
    Regardless of who wina and loses, the consumer pays for the lawyers.
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    hotroderx , August 25, 2012 1:12 AM
    Glad to know the consumers lost so big wonderful now Apple just laid the ground work to sue anyone who makes a rectangle device.

    I really hope the idiot apple supporters look back on this and thank them self's. When they have to pay some ungodly amount for there next device.
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    guardianangel42 , August 25, 2012 1:12 AM
    I am extremely skeptical of this ruling. Mainly because it took only three days. From what I understand, there was a lot of material to sift through and in my personal experience, courts don't move that fast normally.

    I smell a successful appeal in the coming days.
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    billgatez , August 25, 2012 1:13 AM
    Well. apple was able to nitpick there way to victory. We are going to see companies patenting every little thing now. Slowing down progress and innovation.
  • 28 Hide
    ddpruitt , August 25, 2012 1:18 AM
    And now appeal after appeal after appeal after appeal... :\
  • 29 Hide
    vittau , August 25, 2012 1:23 AM
    Someone please enlighten me, why is Samsung still selling Retina displays to Apple?
  • 38 Hide
    Draven35 , August 25, 2012 1:24 AM
    samsung response: charge apple $1 billion more for their iPad/Phone processors and screens
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    dalethepcman , August 25, 2012 1:25 AM
    This is the dumbest "victory" I have ever seen.

    I'm just going to say it, Jury selection of US citizens for corporate crime is retarded. The concept of a jury is to have your peers pass verdict, how is average joe Apple or Samsung's Peer? They should have had a jury made entirely of CEO's of other multinational corporations if they wanted to use a Jury for this. Apple and Samsung turned in almost a thousand pages of documents in their closing, and it took the Jury 3 days to go over it an reach a verdict. This will be appealed over and over again until it is seen by the Supreme court.

    Congratulations, you just put another brick and mortar store out of business, because Apple won't let them sell their precious phone and they can no longer buy Samsung.
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    halcyon , August 25, 2012 1:25 AM
    I don't have a dog in this fight but its interesting to note where all the jurors came from.
  • 15 Hide
    nuvon , August 25, 2012 1:27 AM
    I don't really care who makes the product. If the product is good and I can afford it, I would buy it.
  • 26 Hide
    zzz_b , August 25, 2012 1:27 AM
    I wonder what is the sum of the jurors IQ!?!
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    bllue , August 25, 2012 1:31 AM
    I knew it! I knew the jury was gonna be filled with iTards. There is possibly no other reason as to why Apple would be allowed to win but that.
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    azraa , August 25, 2012 1:36 AM
    idroidApple > Samsung.

    idroidApple FTW!!!!!

    I am disgusted. By the news and by this fanboy. Now, excuse me :33

    *faith in humanity's criteria: lost*
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