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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bad news for Apple
by unclefester on Sat 3rd May 2014 08:39 UTC
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Companies now know that the courts will award "trivial" damages for infringing patents. This will embolden them them to bring products to market and worry about IP issues later. For a company like Samsung the extra sales were well worth a $2/unit cost (almost certainly fully tax deductible back in South Korea).

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