The grand tech trial that saw Apple take on Samsung for ripping off its products, has finally come to an end. And Apple, can claim vindication after a jury said that Samsung did infringe on Apple's patents and has been fined $1.049 billion, even though two-days is an awfully short time given the 100 pages of judicial instruction.
Samsung is very likely to file an appeal against this decision and perhaps the counter-filing will drag on for years, and years, but Apple has drawn big blood.
Apple had accused Samsung of ripping off the feel of its iPhone and iPad among various other patent violations.
The jury rejected all of Samsung's claims against Apple. The jury also upheld all of Apple's patents. The implications therefore are substantial.
Many Samsung devices are affected by the verdict. According to Mashable, the devices are: Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Nexus S, Mesmerize, Vibrant, Fascinate, Skyrocket, Continuum, Prevail, Infuse, Gem, Mesmerize, Indulge, Replenish, Epic 4G Touch, Droid Charge and Nexus S smartphones and the Galaxy Tab and Tab 10.1 tablets.
The bounce back scrolling feature: This one went to Apple in a big way. According to TechCrunch:Samsung was found to have infringed on patents for ’381 “bounce back” scrolling functionality on all devices. Major loss for Samsung.
The design patent: Now remember this fight was also to extent about rectangles with rounded corners with Apple stating that Samsung had stolen its design. According to CNet, the jury has found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design and utility patents. This applies to some of Samsung's products and not all. So much for Samsung saying that some of Apple's patents were just plain crazy.
Pinch to zoom, one finger scroll, and zoom navigation aka Patent 915: Except for Galaxy Ace, Intercept, and Replenish, every other Samsung device was found to be infringing on this patent.
Tap to zoom which is Patent 163: Again only a few Samsung devices escaped. These were Captivate, Indulge, Intercept, Nexus S 4G, Transform and Vibrant. Everything else was an infringement.
The jury also ruled that Samsung was wilful in its infringement. But there were two consistencies in the jury's decision. These were noticed after Apple and Samsung's re-read the forms. Judge Lucy Koh then ask the jury to go back on those two points.
According to TechCrunch these were over the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Intercept smartphone. In case of the Tab, the jury award $220,000 in damages but didn’t formally note any instances of patent infringement or inducement. In case of the Intercept no infringement was noted but Samsung was asked to shell out shell out over $2 million over this error.
Thankfully this bought down the damages for Samsung from $1,051,855,000 to $1,049,343,540. Yes those numbers are real.
So basically Apple won pretty much everything and Samsung had come out looking like a major rip-off. But the war is not over. The Verge reports that both sides will now file for a preliminary trial injunction, which is set for 20 September. That will decide the fate as to which products will face the ban.
For Apple this sets up the stage for what might well become the biggest tech domination in decades to come and for Samsung, the hit will be felt across many markets - revenue and device sales.
To read Apple's complete statement click here.
To read Samsung's statement click here.
For details on the verdict, click here.
Published Date: Aug 25, 2012 08:35 am | Updated Date: Aug 25, 2012 12:13 pm