Apple-Samsung Patent Lawsuit: Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $1 Billion

A US court has ordered Samsung to pay the Cupertino tech giant $1.05bn for infringing intellectual property.

After a year of scorched-earth litigation, a US jury decided that Samsung infringed patents used in Apple’s devices and ordered the South Korean company to pay $1.05bn (£664m) in damages. Photo: rcamu/Flickr

The nine jurors in the case in San Jose, California, found Samsung violated six of the seven Apple patents in dispute and did so willfully in five of the cases, reports The Telegraph.

The court also upheld the validity of a series of Apple patents, many of which related to the design of the iPhone.

“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,” said Apple spokesperson Katie Cotton in a prepared statement.

“The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values.”

Samsung, is understandably not satisfied with the verdict, calling it “a loss for the American consumer.”

“It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices,” said Samsung in a statement.

“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.”

The South Korean company filed a counter-suit, claiming that Apple infringed five of its own patents. Lawyers for Samsung argued its rival was trying “to thwart legitimate competition”.

While Apple is undertaking legal actions against manufacturers such as Samsung, analysts suggest that its real target is Google.

Steven Jobs, the late chief executive of Apple, in his biography described Android as a “stolen product.”

“In a very real sense, it’s a fight between Apple and Google,” said Brian Love, a patent expert at the University of Santa Clara.

He continued: “This particular case has been the most important in that because we have had the number one and the number two manufacturers facing off.”

Benedict Evans, a consultant at Enders Analysis, predicted that main result of the case would be that “blatant copying won’t happen anymore”.

“The money was really irrelevant for Apple. For Samsung it will be painful, but for any other Android handset maker the payout would have been ruinous.”

Michael Gartenberg, industry analyst at Gartner, said the court’s verdict was likely to lead to more innovation. “I’d argue that Apple patents being upheld will force industry toward innovation and differentiation,” tweeted Gartenberg.

The Californian based company is predicted to ask the court in the Samsung case for an injunction preventing its rival from shipping products that infringe on Apple’s patents.

The verdict could also bolster Apple’s legal attacks on Android devices from other companies, The New York Times writes.

“It’s going to make it very difficult for not only Samsung, but for other companies to mimic the Apple products,” said Robert Barr, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley.

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