The verdict is in: Samsung must pay Apple $1.5 billion for smartphone patent infringement. The lawsuit, filed by Apple Inc. last year, accused Samsung of copying the design of iPhones and iPads. Jurors on Friday produced a 20-page verdict, agreeing with Apple’s assertion that Samsung’s smartphones copied the design of the Apple iPhone, in both design and features. Apple lawyers produced pictures of the Samsung smartphones both before and after the introduction of the iPhone. The pre-iPhone Samsung smartphone was much clunkier, whereas the post-iPhone Samsung smartphone featured a sleeker design, rounded corners and a touchscreen.
Some of the particular features called into the arguments were the use of the “pinch and zoom” patent, which allows users to make screen content bigger by sliding a finger outwards, across the screen. This was one of the patents that the jury agreed was infringed on by Samsung’s smartphones. Apple claims that this infringement has caused irreparable harm to its business, with Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphones and GalaxyTab tablets being Apple’s biggest competitors on the smartphone and tablet playing field.
Alternatively, Samsung demanded $399 million from Apple for claims that Apple did not properly compensate them for the use of Samsung Electronics Co. technology. The jury did not award Samsung any money, but this is by far not the last time that Apple and Samsung will square-off in court. To date, Apple and Samsung have filed over 50 lawsuits, in 10 countries, against each other.
Says Apple spokesperson, “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.”
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Samsung is expected to appeal the decision.
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