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Apple / Samsung battle in CA: the Verdict

After deliberating for 21 hours and 37 minutes, the jury in the Apple v. Samsung trial reached a verdict on Friday in the San JOSE, California court .

The nine jurors decided unanimously that Samsung had infringed on Apple’s intellectual property. However, the Cupertino firm won’t be getting the more than $2.5 billion it asked for, it will be getting at least $1,049,343,540.

Jurors sorted through 28 different Samsung devices and five Apple devices to decide whether each infringed multiple patents. You will find below details patent by patent:

On utility patents:

  • Patent 163 (related to a double tap method to zoom in on an element such a picture): the answer is yes for all but the Captivate, Continuum, Gem, Indulge, Nexus S 4G, Transform, Intercept, and Vibrant.
  • Patent 381 (concerning drop-down lists, translation of documents, scaling and rotation on a touch screen): the answer is yes for all devices. Samsung infriges Apple’s patent,
  • Patent 915 (concerning scroll operations and functionality of “pinch and zoom”): the answer is yes for all except the Ace, Intercept, and Replenish,

On design patents:

  • Patent 087: Only 3 samsung devices are concerned, Galaxy S (i9000), Galaxy S 4G, and Vibrant.
  • Patent 305 (related to the protection of the home screen of the iPhone): the answer is yes for all devices. Samsung infriges Apple’s patent,
  • Patent 677 (concerning iPhone design): the jury said “yes” to all devices for the front design except Galaxy Ace.
  • Patent 889 (related to iPad design): the jury ruled that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi and Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE did not infringe on the Apple’s design patent.

Samsung was quick to issue a comment to that effect. “Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer,” Samsung said in an official statement. “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.

The jurors left the courtroom without speaking to the media. Things may be over for now, but the next stage of legal machinations are already underway. A hearing about possible injunctions against Samsung products is set for September 20th, and Samsung has already vowed that “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.

Samsung then gets 30 days to file an appeal, and it will probably use all of that time.

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