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Samsung Must Pay $1 Billion To Apple

Samsung Must Pay $1 Billion To Apple
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On Friday, a nine-person California jury awarded Apple $1,051,855,000 in damages and ruled that South Korean electronics company Samsung had infringed six of the seven patents for Apple mobile devices. Apple had actually asked for $2.75 billion in damages; Samsung had sought $421 million in a countersuit but received nothing.

Apple, now the most valuable company in the US, saw its stock rise to $675.11, its highest ever after the verdict.

Money, Money and More Money

Apple does not exactly need another million dollars and it won’t be receiving the award anytime soon as Samsung is planning to appeal. The case will now be reviewed on the federal circuit, CNET points out, and both sides will be back in court on September 20 when Apple will seek to ban the sale of Samsung smartphones and tablets that infringe on patents.

The decision also means that Samsung and other Android developers may have to start paying extra royalties to Apple, which could mean higher costs for consumers, says CNET.

Lawsuits Over Patents and Intellectual Property Are Far From Over

The trial lasted three weeks and the jury deliberated for three days after working their way through a 20-page document requiring them to decide which company had infringed on whose patents, CNET says:

For Apple, information revealed during the trial included prototypes of iPhone and†iPaddesigns that never saw the light of day, as well as highly detailed financial data that went far beyond what the company typically makes public. There were also e-mails between executives, one of which included mention of high interest in a smaller version of the iPad.

For Samsung, it was a series of damning internal documents, many of which showed that the company looked to Apple’s devices for cues when designing its software icons and general features. One such internal report contained numerous side-by-side slides in which the company put a prerelease version of its initial Galaxy smartphone next to the iPhone and offered suggestions on how to make the Galaxy more similar to the Apple device.

Some are saying that this high-profile intellectual property trial has changed nothing and that what’s really going on is that tech companies are duking it out in the courts “to figure out the terms of cooperationówhose intellectual property is worth what.”

As Businessweek points out, Samsung is one of Apple’s main suppliers.

The Value of Good Design

Others including ZDNet say that this particular trial’s outcome has “far-reaching ramifications for the Android smartphone world.” The jury found that Samsung had “willfully copied Apple’s products” and specifically design and user interface features, such as the iPhone’s “bounce-back feature.” Legal experts had actually thought Apple would have difficulty winning infringement charges about its design patents, the†New York Times notes. But the jury ruled in Apple’s favor in three out of four design patents (the fourth being for a tablet shaped as a rectangle with round corners).

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8:43AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

i wouldn't want an Apple anyway, I love Samsung.

9:35PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Patenting life is a whole other issue and needs to be dealt with separately .

9:34PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Apple proved heir case of Samsung stealing Apple's patents. From manuals to instructions were copied. Patents are to protect peoples(companies) rights of ownership. If patents were done away with the market place would be chaotic.

10:12AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

I agree with Jan V. Patents stifle progress. Right now corporations and universities are patenting life. We could be coming up with more medical advances but people and groups are protecting their profits instead of sharing information. This ownership society is harming society.

9:26PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

thank you!

7:25AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

This is bad for the IT industry. Patents like that are stifling innovations. The court was one big farce, show at groklaw.
My advise is never to buy apple stuff, the terms and conditions are idiotic.
More then that, read www.phonestory.org all pages, maybe you will refrain from any "smartphone" and get smart yourselves.

7:09AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thanks

6:27AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

It doesn't matter whether Apple *needs* another million bucks or not. A patent breech is a patent breech, so Samsung just needs to s*** it up and pay, and stop copying others.

1:18AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Kao da je to nesto novo.Konkurenti stalno kradu jedni od drugih.

9:52PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Thanks for posting this. Not really sure what it is going to truly mean in the long run, especially since Samsung is appealing the decision.

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