Judge Koh says Samsung need to pay Apple over $1 Billion!

August 25, 2012
Victory was announced recently for Apple in the Apple vs Samsung trial. The trial is one of the biggest ever yet and it is decided that Apple need to pay Samsung $0 while Samsung need to pay Apple $1,051,855,000. Yup, trashing victory!

Below is what Judge Lucy Koh ruled followed by official statements issued by both Samsung and Apple:


  • Samsung is guilty on all products
  • Samsung guilty on bounce back
  • Samsung guilty on pinch to zoom on all but 3 devices
  • Samsung infringed the patent for iPhone's front surface on all but one phone
  • Two Samsung phones violated the back of the iPhone
  • All Samsung's phones violated the iPhone's home screen patent
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab does not infringe the iPad's design
  • All Apple's patents are valid
  • Samsung has to pay Apple $1,051,855,000
  • No Apple product infringes any of Samsung's patents
  • Apple has to pay Samsung $0
Not quite what Samsung were expecting.

Apple's PR Head, Katie Cotton issued out Apple's official statement about the ruling:
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 trail 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.

This was followed by a statement from Samsung's PR team:
Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer,” Samsung said in a statement. “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.

What do you think of the Judge's ruling?
 

2 comments:

  1. Stupid ruling. The S3 is better than iPhone and Apple know it

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    1. This isn't about which phone is better, it's about who copied who.

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