It worked! My time machine worked! An entirely impartial jury in Apple’s home territory of California has deemed the South Korean invaders at Samsung guilty of patent infringement. Wait a minute; what do you mean it’s still 2014?
Actually, the latest victory for Apple over Samsung is significantly less brutal, coming in initially at $119 million compared to circa $1 billion back in 2012.
After three days of contemplation, the jury determined that Samsung had infringed on two Apple patents, specifically pertaining to “quick links”, which turns addresses and phone numbers into actionable links, and good old “slide to unlock”.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 was the biggest culprit, accounting for more than $52 million of the damages awarded to Apple.
And while $119 million is significantly less than the $2.191 billion Apple was originally looking for, it’ll easily cover the $158,400 bill for Samsung’s countersuit, which successfully alleged that several iDevices had infringed on a patent pertaining to photo galleries.
"We are grateful to the jury and the court for their service. Today's ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: that Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products," boasted Apple in an official statement.
"We are fighting to defend the hard work that goes into beloved products like the iPhone, which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers."
We very much doubt that this will be the end of the story. The aforementioned 2012 trial saw subsequent hearings that shaved several million off Apple’s victory cheque. And indeed the California jury is still to deliver a verdict on the Samsung Galaxy S2. Stay tooned.
via: The Verge