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Jury Awards $1 Billion to Apple in Samsung Patent Case

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 25, 2012

Jury Awards $1 Billion to Apple in Samsung Patent Case

Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters      A Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, left, and an Apple iPhone 4.

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A jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages on Friday after finding that Samsung infringed a series of its patents on smartphones and tablet computers.

After just three days of deliberations, far fewer than were expected in such a complex case, a nine-person jury sided with Apple on most of its allegations against Samsung. These included allegations that various Samsung products violated Apple patents covering the “bounce back” effect when a user scrolls to the end of a list, and the pinch-to-zoom gesture that users make when they want to magnify an image on their screens. Samsung was also found to have infringed Apple patents covering the physical design of the iPhone.

The jury added some sting to the verdict by finding in favor of Apple across the board in a countersuit by Samsung. The jury awarded Samsung, which had asked for more than $422 million from Apple for allegedly violating its patents, no damages.

While Apple received far less than the $2.5 billion it had asked for in the trial, lawyers said there was little question which side won. “This is a huge victory for Apple,” said Mark Lemley, a law professor at Stanford University. Read the rest of this entry »

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