Apple Wins $1 Billion Settlement Over Samsung
A nine-member jury in San Jose, California, agreed with most of Apple's claims that Samsung copied the look and feel of the Apple Iphone in Samsung smartphones.
According to the LA Times, the verdict was surprising in that it was delivered in less than three days of deliberation. The trial lasted four weeks, and resulted in Samsung being awarded $0 in damages for their counter claims.
From the article:
The jury found all of Apple's patents to be valid and said Samsung "willfully" infringed on many of them.
According to reports from the courthouse, as of 4 p.m. Pacific the jury found that Samsung infringed on Apple's so-called "pinch and zoom" patent, or the ability to make text on a touchscreen bigger by moving one's fingers outward; as well as its bounce-back patent, or the way the image onscreen bounces back when it is dragged with a finger to the edge of the device.
USA Today reports that this is the largest standing verdict in a patent lawsuit:
The $1.05 billion in damages is the largest surviving verdict in patent history. Two larger verdicts were reversed, according to Stanford University law professor Mark Lemley.
"It's a huge win for Apple," says Lemley, who specializes in technology. "But this is one lawsuit among 50 in the smartphone market, and Apple's real target may be the Android ecosystem."