Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd May 2014 00:28 UTC
Legal

An eight-person jury on Friday handed back a mixed verdict in the Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement case.

The jury found Samsung's gadgets infringed Apple's '647 patent, but not the '959 patent or '414 patent. Results were mixed for the '721 patent, with some Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Nexus, found to infringe, and others not.

The jury awarded Apple only $119.6 million for the infringement.

Apple wanted more than $2 billion. The verdict is still being read, and the jury has also ruled that Apple infringed on one of Samsung's patents, awarding Samsung $158000 for it.

So, pocket change both ways. A total waste of money, public resources, the jury members' time, and the court system. Well done you, patent system.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Jbso on Sat 3rd May 2014 16:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
Jbso
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The general public doesn't care much about patent suits and won't be bothered if Samsung loses. Nelson's point about OEM trepidation is more relevant though - smaller OEMs may be put off Android if they see Samsung getting sued for huge sums.

Unfortunately for Apple, Samsung is too big to be deterred by these suits and Samsung is Apple's only real competitor. Windows Phone could theoretically benefit by gaining lower-price, mass-market manufacturers, but consumer interest is so low that OEMs are sticking with Android despite patent threats. Whether that changes going forward, we'll see, though I'm not as confident as I imagine Nelson is. It also does nothing for Apple.

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