After a long fought fight Apple finally won a major victory over Samsung around patent infringement of the iPhone. Apple basically argued that Samsung stole the design and interface elements of the iPhone to build their current generation of phones.
Displaying the phones Samsung had prior to the iPhones arrival and the phones Samsung had after the iPhones arrival it was clear that Samsung’s phones were modelled on the iPhone.
Macworld wrote a nice but concise article clearly spelling out how Samsung lost the case and Apple won. To summarize the key points of the jury’s decision Macworld notes:
With Thursday’s verdict, Samsung currently owes Apple about $930 million.
“For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money,” Apple said in a statement. “It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. While it’s impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost.”
“We are disappointed by today’s decision, which is based in large part on a patent that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recently deemed invalid,” Samsung said in reaction to the news. It said it would continue to move forward with post-trial motions.
Naturally Samsung is disappointed with the decision while Apple feels vindicated. The jury just could not buy Samsung’s argument that not one cell phone sale was lost as a result of Samsung’s patent infringement.
For Apple although they have no clear method of determining how much was lost in sales the feeling is they’ve recovered a substantial portion of the lost revenue. The Stock market was very bullish on the news of the win and Apple’s stock rose almost $7.