Samsung have to pay Apple $1,049,343,540

The ongoing court battle between Apple and Samsung over various patents and design issues is now over.

Samsung lost.

They lost big time.

Check out the full list.

Almost every Samsung device in question has been found to infringe on Apple patents and their software interface ideas (namely bounce-back scrolling and gestures).

The following devices have been found to infringe upon Apple’s “front trade dress” or way it looks – Fascinate, Galaxy S, S 4G, S 2 ATT, S2 i9100, S2 Tmobile, S 2 Epic 4G touch, Skyrocket, Showcase, Infuse 4G, Mesmerize, and Vibrant.

Samsung willingly infringed upon multiple Apple patents said the jury.

Samsung didn’t prove that a single one of Apple’s contested patents is invalid.

The jury found that Apple violated zero Samsung patents, and owes Apple nothing so far.

Samsung’s statement, via CNET:

“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.”

The final figure was that Samsung would owe Apple $1,051,855,000 for infringing on patents. However Samsung noticed a few inconsistencies in the jury’s verdict on a few patents. This resulted in an amended bill of $1,049,343,540. That works out at a 0.24% discount.

If you think this means the end of it then you have forgotten about the right to appeal.

The main question now is what does this mean to the consumer? What do you think will be the long term effect on mobile phones and tablets?

Source: Gizmodo


Posted on August 25, 2012, in Hardware, News, Software, Tech and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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