Friday, August 24, 2012
Apple v. Samsung Verdict: Jury Awards Apple $1.05 Billion in Damages
After weeks spent presenting their respective cases, pages upon pages of mind-numbing examples of intellectual property theft, the episodic mental regression of a judge, and the wildest press coverage ever for a technology story, the verdict is in. The jury of the Apple v. Samsung case has determined that Samsung, based on various patent infringements shown in multiple examples from multiple smartphone models, owes Apple a rounded sum of $1.05 Billion, with the real number being $1,049,343,540- a hefty price to pay for selling products that "look" and "act" like Apple's ubiquitous iPhone.
The decision was determined based on a document given to each juror, which presented painfullyspecific examples and questions based on testimony given from both sides. At the end, the seven man and three woman jury decided that the following devices infringed upon Apple's iPhone: The Captivate, Continuum, Charge, Epic 4G, Exhibit 4G, Fascinate, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S II (on multiple carriers), Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, Intercept 4G, Mesmerize, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, Transform, and the Vibrant. Sounds like a lot of devices? That's because it is.
Apple has scheduled a hearing with the court for the date of September 20th to file for permanent injunctions against Samsung products that are found to be in violation of said patents, with the potential for some of them being blocked from US import. Due to the rather obscure and intimate nature of this story, we will be updating it throughout the next month, as we get closer to the inevitable first big product pull on behalf of Apple.
Source: The Verge