Apple Wins Big in Samsung Patent Case
Samsung is about to hand over a billion dollars in damages to Apple after being found guilty of infringing on several of the Cupertino-based company's patents. Weeks of drama ended in the jury awarding Apple with a major win that will impact tech company patent cases for years to come.
Of course as AppleInsider points out, there are still a number of major patent suits around the world that have yet to be settled between the two companies. In this case, Apple won damages on not only its utility patents, but on design patents as well.
Both companies have weighed in on the decision, with Samsung explaining the verdict was "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."
In contrast, Apple said in a statement that "stealing isn’t right" and the "mountain of evidence presented during the trail 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."
The verdict not only listed the infringed patents, but accused Samsung of willful infringement of most of the patents. The complete list includes:
'381 rubber-banding (bounce-back) patent
'915 pinch-to-zoom patent
'163 tap-to-zoom patent
D'667 iPhone design patent
D'087 iPhone design patent
D'305 iPhone home screen design patent
Apple was found to be not infringing on any Samsung patents, and Samsung could not prove that any of Apple's patents were invalid.