The jury's verdict came in at 2:30 p.m. local time Friday. Judge Lucy H. Koh
had the verdict form consisting of 33 multi-part questions read into the
record at about 4 p.m. local time. Both sides then reviewed the
verdict for any possible errors.
Jurors had to answer each charge
of infringement for each accused device. In the case of accusations
against Samsung, charges were brought against both the parent company in
Korea and two U.S. subsidiaries.
In the majority of cases, the
jury found most of the alleged Samsung phones violated Apple's two
design and three utility patents. They also found in most cases
inducement to infringe and willfulness.
The strength of the
jury's decision for Apple and against Samsung could weigh heavily on any
decision to set punitive damages based on the findings of willfulness, a
determination the judge will make later.
After reviewing the complex decision. Judge
Koh found two errors. The jury awarded about $219,000 in damages for
infringement involving the Galaxy Tab LTE even though it found that the
device did not infringe Apple's patents. In addition, it found the
Samsung Intercept handset did not infringe but cited it in inducement, a
Judge Koh pointed out the errors to the
jury and instructed them to continue deliberations to resolve the $2.5 million
question. After a short deliberation, the jury determined neither device infringed and eliminated the associated damages.
The legal confusion speaks to the complexity of the
case covering more than a dozen products, four corporate entities and
ten patents. See excerpts from the jury verdict form here.
Well, the good thing is this is over and it's my impression that it was a fast process.
Now let's see what people with samsung phones think and do.
Will they opt for the iPhone instead?
And from all this... what does the industry learn? To make a big effort to not copy the top player?
Isn't this something that happens often in the industry? I mean... come on, a mobile phone is a mobile phone and there's not much form factor difference you can put in the design. Would there have been another reason behind which got these competitors in to the fight?
And isn't it funny how they are competitors in one field and vendor and client in another? Qualcomm tried to do this some years ago and couldn't. Part of the argument was that Qualcomm was competing against his clients.
apalling: apple deserves what it earns though its dedication to user experience, including cosmetic design. but it deserves no more. in particular, it does not deserve to stake out the whole universe of possible smartphone designs, excepting triangular and difficult-to-use ones. apple is an abusive monopolist of the worst order. I can only hope that IP reform will happen before samsung's appeals end.
Amazing how every court that apple tried this in around the world except the US was a loss for Apple. I guess this kind of result doesn't surprise me. Gotta support the home team. But clearly the jury weren't very intelligent if they found that the tab didn't infringe but then awarded damages against it. If I were Samsung I'd just skip the US market and focus on the rest of the world. Whats 350mil ppl comapred to what another 5.5 billion?
Maybe that kind of tactic would get better results when the American consumer is outraged at having to buy a Samsung product on overseas holidays.
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