Disaster for Samsung: Jury awards Apple $1.05 billion in patent case


The jury in the “tech trial of the century” ruled Friday that Samsung smartphones have infringed on a number of Apple’ core patents, including one for “bounce back” technology. Worse for Samsung, the jury has also found that the infringement was intentional, which could lead the judge to increase the $1.05 billion in total damages the jury awarded.

Apple’s case is based on claims that Samsung “slavishly copied” its popular iPhone and iPad.

The jury’s award was based on the determination that products like Samsung’s Galaxy tablet and assorted phones violated Apple’s patents. The infringements related to so-called “utility patents” that cover features like the way a smartphone screen reshapes and “double-tapping” functions.

Apple also won rulings based on its “design patents” which covered the shape of its iPhones. The jury did not, however, side with Apple on its controversial “rectangle” design patent that related to the shape of the iPad.

The jury also found that the patents are not invalid — which would have protected Samsung.

The news for Samsung went from bad to worse as the jury found that Apple did not owe any damages related to its alleged infringement of Samsung’s patents. In the case of Samsung’s patents, the jury ruled that Apple didn’t infringe some of them in the first place. For two others, the jury found that Samsung had “exhausted” the patents and couldn’t enforce them against Apple.

The news came down after the jury unexpectedly announced that it had reached a verdict in the complicated intellectual property case. Legal pundits had predicted the deliberations would take several more days given the complexity of the case.

The jury’s finding therefore appears to reflect that the jurors had largely made up their mind already about the case.

Samsung will now ask Judge Lucy Koh to review aspects of the jury’s ruling, including the size of the damages. The company can then appeal the ruling to the US Circuit Court for the Federal Circuit, a specialized-patent appeals court in Washington, DC.

See also: Triple damages and injunctions: what next for Apple and Samsung

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