Jury awards Apple $1.05 billion in damages
This isn’t the final verdict, just round one. The federal court jury in the patent infringement lawsuit between Samsung and Apple has submitted its verdict after pondering for 21 hours and 37 minutes. The jury’s decision is that Samsung did violate Apple’s ‘381 bounceback patent with all 21 of its devices in question. 3 out of 21 devices infringed ‘915 patent on pinch-and-zoom. The Galaxy Tab was found not to have infringed upon Apple’s iPad design patents.
The amount of the damages against Samsung is: $1,049,343,540, which is less than half of the $2.5 billion Apple was seeking. The jury also ruled that Apple did not infringe upon Samsung’s patents with the iPhone 3G and 3GS, and has awarded it no money in damages. We’ll have more information for you as it become available.
Below is the statements from both companies.
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.
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.