The Samsung and Apple court case has just received some good results for Apple, but bad for Samsung. Samsung will be required to pay $1 billion (and counting) in damages, which is quite a blow. This is a great result for Apple who were asking for $2.5 billion.
The decision must have come quickly because an Apple lawyer came to court wearing a shirt and jeans, obviously not expecting the verdict to come so soon.
- Jury finds Samsung infringement of Apple utility, design patents for some (though not all) products
- Jury finds willful infringement on 5 of 6 patents.
- Jury upholds Apple utility, design patents
- Jury upholds Apple trade dress ’983
- Jury finds Samsung “diluted” Apple’s registered iPhone, iPhone 3 and “Combination iPhone” trade dress on some products, not on others
- No Apple infringement of Samsung utility patents
- Jury found Samsung violated antitrust law by monopolizing markets related to the UMTS standard
- Damages owed by Samsung: $1 billion and counting
The trial has lasted more than three weeks and has seen some amazing information about both companies seen in court. Some to do with prototypes like we saw prototypes for the iPhone and iPad.
I am going to assume that Samsung will appeal this decision as they have in previous trials.
The whole way through the trail apple has been arguing that there’s little difference between Samsung and Apple products. They showed the court internal Samsung documents to help prove that Samsung copied their designs and knowingly did so.
Apple may now ask for an injunction on all products which are against Apple’s patents which could see many devices pulled out of stores around the US.
According to Harold McElhinny, Apple’s attorney; Samsung was having a crisis of design after the iPhone launched in 2007, which caused them to then “copy” the iPhone and cash in on the success.
As more information comes through, we shall update you. It appears the information is still being read out right now.