Note: This update is an extension of our previous report – Jury finds Samsung guilty of violations of Apple patents.
The eagerly awaited jury verdict of the Apple-Samsung trial is finally here. The jury has ruled in favor of Apple, rejecting all Samsung claims and awarding Apple over a billion US dollars in damages.
After three days of deliberations, the jury, which consisted of nine people, upheld Apple’s infringement claims against Samsung on valid patents. It supported Apple’s stance that Samsung ripped off several design elements for its smartphones and tablets from Apple’s innovative, popular and widely sold iPhone and iPad models.
The jury found Samsung infringing six out of seven patents filed by Apple in the high profile lawsuit. It determined that five of the patent infringements were willful.
When Apple filed for the infringement lawsuit, it demanded $2.5 billion in damages. However, the jury rejected some of Apple’s claims regarding several Samsung devices and ordered Samsung to pay $1.05 billion to Apple in total damages.
Samsung and Apple released the following comments after the jury verdict.
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.
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 trial 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.
Samsung is expected to file an appeal to get the jury verdict overruled. This however, is not the end of the road as far as litigation between the two smartphone giants is concerned. Both Samsung and Apple are expected to return to Judge Lucy Koh’s court later in September to decide whether or not Samsung products that infringed on Apple patents are allowed to sell in US markets.
You can view the complete 20-page verdict at Foss Patents.