Published on August 25th, 2012 | by Bilal Sulehri3
Jury Orders Samsung to Pay Damages of $1.05 billion in Apple vs Samsung Case
It looks like the days of Samsung surpassing Apple in smartphone sale are numbered. The jury in the US court which was hearing the Apple vs Samsung patents case has given its verdict. Apple has claimed the victory with the statement that “stealing isn’t right” while Samsung has dubbed it as “a loss for the American consumer“.
The jury has decided that Samsung infringed Apple’s patents and that too, knowingly. The jury, in the verdict has stated that top executives at Samsung knew about the patents infringement and has also declared that they willfully continued the patent violation to develop their own products. Samsung Galaxy Tab, however, has not infringed Apple’s patents concerning the iPad’s design.
Apple has claimed a figure of US$ 2.5 billion as damages but the jury has decided a final figure of just over $1 billion as damages, the exact figure is US $1,049,343,540. Samsung will be further saddened by the fact that jury found that Apple did not infringe its patents in iPhone 3G and 3GS and hence awarded no damages resulting in a clear victory for Apple and its legal team.
Samsung has indicated that it will be applying for an immediate injunction against the decision and will further go for an appeal. So the drama hasn’t ended yet and there could be more twists and turns in this saga.
Following statements were released by the two tech giants:
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 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.
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