Yesterday Apple won a major lawsuit against Samsung. After a jury decision, a court in San Jose, California awarded Apple $1.049 billion in damages from Samsung. Many of Samsung’s devices have been potentially banned from the U.S. market as well. The jury had validated almost all of Apple’s claims against Samsung for many different types of smartphones and tablets. The amount against Samsung was high because the jury had found that at least some of of the infringement was “willful.”
Some of the Apple-patented features that Samsung were infringing upon include the “bounce-back” feature when you reach the end of a list, double-tap to zoom, and pinch-to-zoom. The Samsung devices that are affected include the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Nexus S, Mesmerize, Vibrant, Fascinate, Skyrocket, Continuum, Prevail, Infuse, Gem, Mesmerize, Indulge, Replenish, Droid Charge, Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The jury had rejected Samsung’s claim that some of Apple’s patents are invalid. Samsung’s counterclaims were also rejected. Apple did not infringe on Samsung’s patents with the iPhone and the iPod Touch according to the jury.
Apple and Samsung’s lawyers checked for inconsistencies in the case and had found two. The jury had awarded damages for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE, but didn’t find that it had infringed on any patents. Damages were awarded for the Intercept, but no infringement was found. The damages on these two products had totaled $2.2 million. Judge Lucy Koh sent the jury back to resolve the issues and they returned to say that those products did not infringe on Apple’s patents.
Apple and Samsung will return to court on September 20th for post-trial motions. Each juror was given a form that was hundreds of questions long. The jurors were asked product-by-product and patent-by-patent.
In closing arguments, Apple’s company lawyers told Samsung “Make your own phones.” Samsung’s lawyers had accused Apple of trying to seek a competitive edge in the courtroom rather than the marketplace.
Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a memo to corporate employees below:
Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere.
Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It?s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung?s copying went far deeper than we knew.
The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung?s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn?t right.
I am very proud of the work that each of you do.
Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.