Friday, August 24, 2012

Samsung Vs Apple Trial Ends, Apple Wins

After two weeks of the Samsung Vs Apple trial the jury has reached a verdict and in tech's biggest trial Apple wins. The jury said that Samsung infringed on Apple's patents and now Samsung has to pay $1.05 billion in damages to Apple. This ends the two week trial and at end Samsung received nothing from Apple and the jury also found that Apple did not infringed Samsung's patents. Here are the both companies statements after the verdict was announced:

Today's verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. 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.

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.

Although Apple won this trial the amount which Samsung is paying for damages is short of what they requested which is $2.5 billion. The next injunction will happen on September 20 where the the court will decide the fate of the devices which infringes Apple's patents. This trial might just change the design aspect of future Samsung phones and maybe no more round edges. 

Source: GSMArena 
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