In the wake of the Apple/Samsung verdict, the dust is settling a bit, but things are far from over. The jury ruled in favor of Apple, granting it at least $1,049,343,540 (they had asked for more than $2.5 billion), though that figure was a result of some reworking after it was determined that an additional $2.2 million had been awarded in error. Samsung on the other hand, was awarded nothing in its counter-suits against Apple.
Breaking Down the Findings
- The jury found that Samsung had infringed on Apple’s ’381 patent for bounce back scrolling on all devices.
- The jury found that Samsung had infringed on Apple’s ’915 patent, related to one-finger scrolling and pinch-and-zoom navigation, on all devices except the Samsung Ace, Intercept, and Replenish.
- The jury found that Samsung had infringed on Apple’s ’163 patent, related to tap-to-zoom on all Samsung devices except the Captivate, Indulge, Intercept, Nexus S 4G, Transform and Vibrant.
The jury also determined that Samsung had induced its U.S arm to infringe on these patents, and that the infringement was willful.
The deliberation period was surprisingly short. In just three days the jury delivered findings on more than 700 separate questions in the case.
Both companies of course weighed in with official statements:
“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 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. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.”
“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. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. 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.”
It’s Not Over Yet
Of course, this is still a good distance from over. Samsung has announced its plans to appeal, while the judge has set an injunction hearing for September 20. The injunction phase is where Apple may well press to bar certain infringing Samsung products from sale in the U.S.
Apple investors sent a clear message that they were pleased with the findings, sending the company’s stock to a new all-time high of $675.11 in after-hours trading.
How are you feeling about the verdict? Has justice been served or competition stifled? And if you’re in the U.S, are you planning to rush out and buy an infringing Samsung product while you still can? Let us know in the comments.