Apple wins patent trial against Samsung, awarded $1 billion in damages

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Andrea Chang, via L.A. Times

In what many in the media called a “High-Stake” patent trial between the two biggest tech companies (Apple and Samsung), a federal jury declared Friday that Samsung was guilty of infringing on many of Apple’s patents, and decided Apple will be awarded with more than $1 billion in damages. The massive patent infringement trial between Samsung and Apple, sparked a global battle that lasted several months and included technology patent infringements accusations from both sides.

The 9-person jury trial found Samsung guilty of copying the look and feel of Apple’s iPhone, including Apple’s so-called “pinch and zoom” patent, as well as its bounce-back patent. After the jury gave their deliberations, it was reported that Samsung was awarded $0 in damages. There is no word at press time on when a future hearing on preliminary injunctions for possible product bans will take place.

Shortly after the court process was over, Apple issued an statement to the press applauding the federal court’s decision “… for sending a clear message that stealing isn’t right.”

Samsung declared this decision will mostly likely hurt American consumers, and that, “Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, because it will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices.”

Samsung said they will ask the court to overturn the verdict. Failing that, they may appeal to a higher court.

Via [New York Times]

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