The verdict is in for the patent infringement case between Apple and Samsung in the States and it is bad news for Samsung.
The jury assigned to the case gave their verdict late on Friday and awarded Apple $1.05 billion to be paid by Samsung after they found that Samsung infringed on all of Apple’s utility patents and all but one of the trade dress patents in question. The damages awarded are less than the $2.75 billion Apple was looking for but is still a substantial sum for any company.
The verdict was delivered after just two and a half days of deliberation, which was faster than commentators were expecting. The jury’s decision will undoubtedly be appealed by Samsung, who said as much in a statement.
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… 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.”
Apple’s statement on the verdict reads:
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.”
Following this decision there is a chance that Samsung’s products could be barred from the American market. There is a hearing scheduled on the matter which will be heard by the presiding judge in this case, Judge Lucy Koh, on 20 September.
Source: Ars Technica