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Apple vs Samsung - The verdict: Samsung to pay Apple $1.05billion


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The jury in the Apple vs Samsung patent trial has awarded damages to Apple to the tune of $1,051,855,000, following a landmark ruling.

The jury found the Samsung had indeed been in violation of Apple's various software and hardware patents, and had lead to trade-dress dilution.

After just two days of deliberation the jury decided that Apple was entitled to substantial compensation that breaks down as follows:

$57,000,000 for the Samsung Prevail

$44,792,974 for the Infused 4G

$53,123,612 for the Mesmerize

$3,350,256 for the Replenish

$954,060 for the Transform

Being a US based case all the Samsung device in question are US models but the implications for the companies involved and for the industry are much wider.

More to follow...

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August 25, 2012, 8:06 pm

1.05 billion dollar compensation is irrelevant here, to be honest. What jury has done here is to damage IT industry to ridiculous extent.

They have validated Apple's patents which are way to vague for one and not their inventions on the other. They have given Apple a button for destruction of any competition through invalid and monopolistic means. They have erased line between Trademark and Patent.

And for those who had any doubt that Apple will use this to eradicate any fair competition, Apple is suing Samsung for EVERY OTHER SAMSUNG SMARTPHONE ON THE MARKET now. They don't want them to stop copying and pay damage done to Apple . They want to be the only one on the market. It's a sad day indeed.


August 27, 2012, 6:30 pm

On the contrary, maybe now the likes of Samsung will try a bit harder to innovate rather than imitate. This can only be good for the consumer.


August 28, 2012, 3:12 am

The Patent wars we have been having, do leave a nasty taste in my mouth.

I'm in two minds about if this is good / or bad news.

Yes, Apple winning this does worry me, and what the future of IT development will be. I'm a software developer and we have enough to worry about than having to worry if I've made my interface into something some other company might have developed.

But on the other hand, am I happy that every invention the West end up creating, a Korean company can come along and photo copy the ideas. My anger at the moment though is pointed at Samsung, they were not happy enough creating the components that went into the Apple products, they instead wanted more of the pie. From this point of view Samsung's greed has caused this horrid Patent war in the first place.

But on the other hand, I also think competition is good. I think if it had been another company other than Samsung, I'm pretty sure I'd have more anger against Apple. I suppose I just don't like back stabbers.


August 28, 2012, 7:07 pm

I'm a little confused how Google keeps it's nose clean in all this ? After all it's the one marketing Android to Samsung and surely it's this OS that makes the Samsung devices behave as they do. Looking a the case it seems to have hinged on software look and feel as opposed to hardware duplication.

Like you Keith I can see this both ways and right now am pleased for Apple. Hopefully they've got their own backs covered though, otherwise Google / Samsung will just get them back with other IP they have licensed (or more likely purchased from someone else purely for the purpose of litigation - sad).

Interesting to see where this goes next.

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