Jury Awards Apple $1.05 Billion in Samsung Patent Trial
A smartphone and, in many cases, a tablet are almost certain to be found within reach of a typical business traveler. Survey any departure lounge or meeting room, and an Apple iPhone is in practically every hand. Or… is that a Samsung Galaxy? Apple iPads are ubiquitous on the conference room table, or maybe some of them are Samsung Galaxy Tabs?
If you are having trouble telling the difference, don’t worry. You are not alone.
Earlier this afternoon, a San Jose jury found Samsung guilty of copying the iPhone’s design and features for use in its Android-based smartphones and tablets. After only three days of deliberation, the jury awarded Apple over $1 billion in damages, which, while short of the $2.75 billion Apple sought, marks a landslide victory for the world’s most valuable company.
This verdict is the mere beginning of an upcoming battle royale between the two dominant manufacturers of smartphones and tablets worldwide. The U.S. suit is one of several being fought between Apple and Samsung worldwide, but the influence of the U.S. as a market and technological leader sets a powerful precedent moving forward. While U.S. courts found in favor of U.S. based Apple, courts in South Korean found both parties jointly responsible, and litigation is still pending in several countries where the products are sold.
Beyond the billion-dollar award to Apple, the precedent established by today’s ruling has the potential to halt sales of the Samsung devices, as well as others that use the same Google-based Android operating system.