In a near-unanimous verdict, Apple recently won a $1.05 billion judgment against Samsung on charges that the South Korean manufacturer copied Apple’s designs for the iPhone and iPad. The lawsuit was conducted in San Jose Federal Court in front of Judge Koh. The jury arrived at the verdict after less than three days of deliberations.
Apple sued Samsung over a year ago alleging that Samsung had copied Apple’s designs for its popular products. Samsung then counter-sued, claiming that Apple infringed on its patents. The nine-member jury did not give any credence to Samsung’s claims.
Apple had sought $2.5 billion in damages. Although the jury awarded Apple a substantial amount of damages, it did not agree with all of Apple’s claims. For example, it did not agree with claims concerning the iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
The verdict does not just effect Samsung. It also has ramifications for Google’s popular Android products. Apple is now more likely to sue other competitors that use the Android system. This could result in increased costs to Android users because of licensing fees that will have to be paid to Apple. As a result, many Android users will switch to Apple products. A Google spokesman threw cold water on these ruminations. Google insists that the subject patent claims do not relate to the core Android operating system.
Apple has filed for injunctive relief against Samsung to bar them from selling the infringing products. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for next month.
Samsung will most likely appeal the verdict to the Federal Circuit. According to experts, the Federal Circuit traditionally reduces big damages awards. However, it is less likely to reverse the jury’s findings on the core issues of patent infringement.