The verdict is in. The jury in the Apple versus Samsung case has found that an overwhelming number of Samsung phones infringed Apple’s patents and trade dress claims. While not all of Samsung’s phones were found to infringe on Apple’s intellectual property and design, the jury did grant Apple $1,051,885,000 in damages – a far cry from the original $2.5 billion Apple was hoping to get, but certainly a lot more than any of us expected.
Naturally, Apple is ecstatic about its victory, claiming that the jury’s final verdict send a message to Samsung and other that “stealing isn’t right.”
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 ... We applaud the court for finding Samsung's behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn't right.Apple
In Samsung’s case against Apple, the jury found that all of its utility patents were valid, but they did not see any evidence of Apple actually infringing upon them. Samsung even took a hit with the ’516 and ’941 patents which the jury summed up “patent exhaustion” since Intel had already licensed the patents from Samsung in order to produce the chips. The only victory that Samsung got was with its tablet devices. The jury found that Samsung’s tablet designs were unique and did not infringe on any of Apple’s trade dress claims.
While the jury may have gotten through the deliberations at least a week sooner than most expected, we’re sure this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing about this case. We expect Samsung will file its first of many appeals on the verdict sometime next week and Apple might do the same if they feel the jury missed the boat on the tablet trade dress claims.
Samsung’s response to the outcome was a bit ominous, claiming that Apple’s victory is a loss for consumers which will be presented with fewer competitive products in the marketplace which may lead to higher prices.
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 ... 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 claimsSamsung
So what does all this mean for Android? Not much at all. We might see tap to zoom get re-engineered or completely removed and the bounce back feature was removed quite a while ago. We’re sure Apple will be using these patents against other Android OEMs in the coming months unless they can work out a deal outside the courtroom.
What are your thought on the final outcome of the Apple versus Samsung case? Do you think Apple has gained the upper hand against Android or will this spur more innovation within Google’s mobile OS?