Jan 29 AT 11:39 PM Sean Riley 19 Comments

Court finds that Samsung did not willfully infringe Apple’s patents


Remember that trial that dragged on interminably this Summer? I know it seems like they all do that. This one was memorable for a variety of reasons not the least of which was the fact that at the end of it all Samsung was on the hook to pay Apple $1.049 billion.

You may not have realized that despite the trial ending in August things have still not been completely settled in this matter. When last we tuned in the judge had agreed to hear juror misconduct arguments which were subsequently dismissed. Well one of the largest remaining pieces was finally taken off the board by Judge Lucy Koh today as she ruled that Samsung’s infringement of Apple’s patents was not willful as the jury had found.

Had Judge Koh agreed with the jury that Samsung was willful in their infringement the original judgment could have increased up to triple the original amount. So while it’s hard to deem only having to pay the original $1.049 billion a victory there is little doubt that Samsung’s lawyers and executives are breathing a touch easier. Judge Koh could in fact still reduce the amount that Samsung must pay, but there is nothing in todays ruling regarding that possibility.

As always we are infinitely more excited to hear about the next device rather than the next ruling from the court so futile though it might be here’s hoping this is the last we hear of Apple vs. Samsung.

Via: The Verge

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Deter

    so….. when is the trial about apple totally ripping off the android notifications pane?

    • JayB95

      Google’s patent for the notifications is still pending.

      • Deter

        thanks. was honestly wondering. it wasn’t a smart-ass response.

        • wyatt

          ::here’s the smart ass response:: Google has a patent pending for a USEFUL notifications bar. Apple has settled for the completely useless notification bar patent.

    • pjamies

      Or the Panoramic camera feature, which apple boasts is a 1st, even though Goggle had it in ver 4.0 and upgraded it in ver 4.1 which was out months before Apples version.

      • Ben

        I don’t think either can lay clam to that. I had that feature in a 3rd party app on my 3G. And I’m sure it existed in cameras before that. No innovation on either side there.

      • thel0nerang3r

        Microsoft research did a photo stitching software back in 2010/2011. It wasn’t as simple as the camera applications do it now, but it has been around before either Android or IOS had it. Also there was GigaPan that did panorma pictures before… btw, if you have a good camera, theirs setup does amazing panorama pictures.

  • Scamsung

    Its Samsuck, of course they found a way for betrayal. They wont tell us. They are crooks.

    • LuisEAP2124

      That’s true, and remember that Samsung will create Tizen flagships.

  • ibap

    The jury didn’t “claim” anything. They can find, but they can’t claim.

    And the patent office should quit giving all of these companies that are either so obvious or nebulous that they are pursued only for the court awards.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      That’s valid, I swapped that sentence out a couple times and clearly ended up on the wrong side of it.

      And yes the patent office if not the entire system continues to be broken.

  • Max.Steel

    “The scenes I witnessed at the opening of the new Apple store in London’s Covent Garden were more like an evangelical prayer meeting than a chance to buy a phone or a laptop. According to neurological research cited by the BBC, the response from the brain of an Apple enthusiast when viewing the brand-related symbols and imagery is similar to the one of a religious devotee when exposed to religious symbols and images.”

    • Ben

      Isn’t that the goal of every company in the world? Extreme brand loyalty?

  • redraider133

    It seems as the longer this goes on, the more that apple’s case is unraveling. I hope that these stupid lawsuits will end and the companies can go back to fighting with producing the best products out there rather than trying to resort to stiffling innovation in the court room.

  • Techfiend86

    I minor victory is still a victory hopefully

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002275344855 luis maldonado

    o samsung

  • Nathan D.

    Finally some good news for samsung.

  • donger

    About time.