Friday, August 24, 2012

Courts Rule In Favor Of Apple Against Samsung


The United States federal court ruled in favor of Apple in its patent infringement lawsuit with Samsung. The found all of the seven Apple patents valid and ruled Samsung “willfully” infringed on five of those seven. Samsung was originally ordered to pay over 1 Billion dollars, or $1,051,855,000.00 to be exact, however the judge later lowered that to a measly $1.049,343,540. The reduction was attributed to an adding error, (the jury ruled the Samsung Intercept and Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE didn’t infringe on the patents but were accidentally including in damage calculations). 


The jury look just 21 hours over three days to rule in favor of Apple. THe ruling included the Pinch to Zoom patent, the double tap to zoom patent, the one finger scrolling patent, and the elastic scrolling patent among others. Samsung was also found to be infringing upon the trade dress of Apple products. In Laymans terms, Samsung deliberately designed their product to look like Apple products. It is hard to argue for Samsung on trade dress infringement. If you have ever see that image below before, you know what i'm talking about. Samsung had a long shot of winning that patent argument.

In a completely unrelated court ruling, the South Korean High Court ruled that both Apple and Samsung infringed upon each others patents. Apple was ordered to pay $35,000.00 or $35 thousand in damages while Samsung was only ordered to pay$ 22 thousand. In addition to damages, The South Korean court placed injunctions barring the sell or certain Apple and Samsung devices until a cross licensing deal is reached or the products are manufactured in a way that doesn’t infringe upon these patents.

Samsung has filed to a dismissal and is expected to appeal the ruling once that fails. Samsung and Apple have both released official statements.

Samsung’s Official Statement
“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”
Apple’s Official Statement
“We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung's copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung's behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn't right.”

1 comment:

  1. "They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation"

    I'm calling BS on that. Originality and Innovation? What is original about iOS? What is Innovative about the iPhone?

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