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

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: Comment by Nelson
by Vanders on Sat 3rd May 2014 11:02 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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What they do need is the stigma and cloud of uncertainty that will arise over Android, and the import bans.

Has this verdict done that, though? As far as I can see it hasn't changed anything: Apple fanboys will point to the part of the ruling that Samsung infringed as "proof", Android fanboys will point to the part of the ruling that Apple infringed, and those of us who don't give a shit will continue to be baffled by the entire thing.

The only positive thing from the entire circus is that more people may become to realise that this entire concept of "Waaa! He copied me!" is pathetic, and arguing about it is pointless.

Thom is right; they've both spent huge amounts of money, used up court time, used up jurors time (and money), and all to simply end right back up where they started with nothing clear cut either way. Brilliant.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by tupp on Mon 5th May 2014 03:33 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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Android fanboys will point to the part of the ruling that Apple infringed,...

What Android fanboys?

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