After a three-week court case and over 700 litigations between the two technology giants who have been locked in a back and forth battle of pettiness, the jury as ruled in apples favour and as a result awarded apple $1.05 billion in damages finding that Samsung Smartphone’s and tablets infringed on Apples patents.
Not every case was won in Apple's favour, but the majority were won by Apple. Apple will be very happy with this victory as it cements their lead on the market and effectively bocks any form of innovation from competitors.
No comment was made from either side over the ruling, but it is expected Samsung will appeal the jury’s decision, which will launch Apple and Samsung back into a renewed battle. Some of Samsung products found to be in breach of the patents are Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Smartphone’s such as the Galaxy S line, the Fascinate and the Epic 4G. Samsung as since released a statement:
“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.
We will move immediately to file post-verdict motions to overturn this decision in this court and, if we are not successful, we will appeal this decision to the Court of Appeals”
Only time will tell as to what will happen with Samsung and the products that have been found in breach copyright. One thing is for sure, people are getting sick of hearing about court cases and patent infringements. If you're hoping to get a break now that this case is over, you will be sorely disappointed. We expect this to just be the tip of the iceberg of many more cases like this to follow.