Samsung Loses Apple Patent Case
A jury in California today found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's patents on both the design and functionality of the iPhone and iPad. The jury also found that Apple did not infringe on Samsung's technology patents, although they stopped short of finding those patents invalid. The jury furthermore affirmed that Apple's patents are valid and that Samsung's infringement of them was willful. The jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages. Phones such as the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II - and many US variants of those phones - were found to infringe. The design patents cover both hardware and interface, such as icon layout. The functionality patents cover actions such as scrolling to the end of a list, using two fingers to zoom, and tapping to zoom in on specific content on the screen. The jury did reject Apple's claims in a few instances. For example, the patent covering the shape and layout of the iPhone was found to apply to apply to the Galaxy S II for global markets and for T-Mobile, but not the AT&T and Sprint variants. In the case, Apple claimed that Samsung copied its designs, including the body and interface of the iPhone. Apple asked the court for over $2.5 billion in damages. Meanwhile, Samsung claimed that Apple is infringing on a number of technology patents, including patents covering 3G technology and playing music in the background. The case started in April 2011, and has played out in California courts since then, with the current court trial starting at the end of July.
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