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Aug 24, 2012

US Trials:Apple Wins Verdicts In Patent Case Over Samsung

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Finally after an year of hardcore lawsuits against each other on Friday the jury decided that Samsung had in fact breached patent laws and in fact copied apple's iPhone and iPad. The jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion. An appeal is expected.
Apple had filed this case back in April 2011and had seek help from highest paid patent lawyers to demand $2.5 billion  from Samsung  Samsung in return back filed a case against apple  demanding $399 million.But verdict, however, belonged to Apple, as the jury rejected all Samsung's claim against Apple. 


Jurors also decided against some of Apple's claims involving the two dozen Samsung devices at issue, declining to award the full $2.5 billion Apple demanded.

Friday's jury decision that the six infringed Apple patents including three covering the shape of the iPhone and on-screen icons are valid may make it harder for handset makers to enter markets with gadgets that look and work too much like a market leader's.

The only patent the jury found Samsung didn't infringe relates to design of a tablet. Throughout the trial, Samsung's lawyers frequently remarked that Apple shouldn't be given a monopoly on a rectangle with rounded corners.
Samsung conceded that Apple makes great products but said it doesn't have a monopoly on the design of rectangle phones with rounded corners that it claimed it created.

The trial came after each side filed a blizzard of legal motions and refused advisories by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to settle the dispute out of court.
"Today's verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer," Samsung said. "It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices."
The verdict launches the next phase of the patent battle. Several lawyers following the case predict Apple and Samsung, among the world's largest and richest technology companies, could take appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U.S. trial is just the latest skirmish between the two tech giants over product designs. Previous legal battles were fought in Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany.
The U.S. case is one of some 50 lawsuits among myriad telecommunications companies jockeying for position in the burgeoning $219 billion market for smartphones and computer tablets.

Samsung had beaten apple in its home in Korea but the trial is still on with a score of 1-1. Only time will tell who wins this case globally.

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