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Apple vs. Samsung: Apple Wins!

Posted: 27 Aug 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:iPhone  patent  iPad  Galaxy Tab LTE  3G cellular 

Apple did not infringe any of the five utility patents Samsung alleged, including two patents Samsung considered part of the 3G cellular standard. However, the jury found that Apple failed to show that the patents were invalid or that Samsung had broken contractual agreements or antitrust law regarding how the Korean company pursued the patents and their licens ('licence' when noun)ing.

Apple and Samsung both worked hard to show the other side's patents were invalid, bringing in many examples of what they claimed were prior art along with expert witnesses, including top academics. Ultimately, the jury held that all patents were valid.

The jury's verdict came in at 2:30 p.m. local time Friday. Judge Lucy H. Koh had the verdict form consisting of 33 multi-part questions read into the record at about 4 p.m. local time. Both sides then reviewed the verdict for any possible errors.

Jurors had to answer each charge of infringement for each accused device. In the case of accusations against Samsung, charges were brought against both the parent company in Korea and two U.S. subsidiaries.

In the majority of cases, the jury found most of the alleged Samsung phones violated Apple's two design and three utility patents. They also found in most cases inducement to infringe and willfulness.

The strength of the jury's decision for Apple and against Samsung could weigh heavily on any decision to set punitive damages based on the findings of willfulness, a determination the judge will make later.

After reviewing the complex decision. Judge Koh found two errors. The jury awarded about Rs.1.20 crore ($219,000) in damages for infringement involving the Galaxy Tab LTE even though it found that the device did not infringe Apple's patents. In addition, it found the Samsung Intercept handset did not infringe but cited it in inducement, a legal impossibility.

Judge Koh pointed out the errors to the jury and instructed them to continue deliberations to resolve the Rs.13.66 crore ($2.5 million) question. After a short deliberation, the jury determined neither device infringed and eliminated the associated damages.

The legal confusion speaks to the complexity of the case covering more than a dozen products, four corporate entities and ten patents.

- Rick Merritt
  EE Times


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