Well that didn't take long, didn't it? After the case itself seemed to drag on forever, the jury in the Apple v Samsung court case in the US has reached its verdict in double-quick time, and it's a simple one: Samsung, you're guilty.
The jury found Samsung has clearly infringed on seven of Apple's key patents, and ruled that Sammy must now cough up to the tune of a staggering $1bn.
The patents in question cover bounce-back scrolling functionality, pinch-to-zoom, and tap-to-zoom on the software side, plus a quartet of hardware design patents.
Not every Samsung handset is guilty on every count, but that will be scant consolation to Samsung given the final figure of $1,049,343,540 in damages now hanging over its head. Needless to say, Samsung will appeal the verdict.
To add insult to injury, the jury ruled against Samsung in all of its own infringement claims, effectively ruling that Apple is completely innocent on all counts. The only plus side is that the verdict only covers iPhone design patents. On the tablet front, Samsung is off the hook.
It's a far more one-sided verdict than most were expecting, and is bound to send shock waves reverberating through the smartphone industry – particularly other Android OEMs such as LG and Motorola.
After all, Apple will now surely be confident claims against other device makers would lead to similar verdicts. Time will tell whether it chooses to press its advantage home, or leaves its legal mauling of Samsung as an object lesson.
Either way, both Apple and Samsung will be back in the courts on September 20 for a preliminary injunction hearing on whether to impose a sales ban on some of Samsung's handsets based on the verdict.
For a full breakdown of all the details, check out the 20-page verdict form for yourself.
Via The Verge