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.
This was me March 2013:
The point isn’t really how much they get awarded, but the perception that surrounds each company moving forward. Being labeled a copier is something Samsung is extremely sensitive to, given that it has the potential to damage any premium branding they’re aiming for.
It might be chump change for Samsung, a multinational conglomerate but it’s certainly not chump change for any other OEM who might be considering aping Apple’s intellectual property.
Moving forward though we’ll likely see the figure revised up or downwards as the various legal mechanisms start working over the course of the next few months/years.
Btw, re: Apple’s original damage claim. They’re almost always comically overshooting with damages. Look at Moto wanting billions from MSFT a year and getting $14M.
I don’t think $120M is a figure to sneeze at though, it definitely sends a message. Even Florian from FossPatents thought $2B was an unreasonable amount ($40 per device)
Edited 2014-05-03 00:49 UTC