Samsung wasn’t even close to winning in this case after today’s final meeting. After the jurors completed around 21 hours of deliberation, the nine-person jury sided with Apple on the majority of its patent infringement claims against Korean tech giant, Samsung Electronics. Not only that, but the jury has awarded Apple more than $1 billion in total damages. Originally, Apple was seeking $2.75 billion in damages and although it wasn’t unanimous on all counts, we can see that the final decision was 110% in Apple’s favor.
Here’s the complete scorecard as seen on CNET:
- Jury finds Samsung infringement of Apple utility, design patents for some (though not all) products.
- Jury finds willful infringement on 5 of 6 patents.
- Jury upholds Apple utility, design patents.
- Jury upholds Apple trade dress ‘983.
- Jury finds Samsung “diluted” Apple’s registered iPhone, iPhone 3 and “Combination iPhone” trade dress on some products, not on others.
- No Apple infringement of Samsung utility patents.
- Jury found Samsung violated antitrust law by monopolizing markets related to the UMTS standard.
- Damages owed by Samsung: $1.05 billion.
The jury informed the court at around 2:35pm that they had reached a final verdict which was then read in front of the District Judge Lucy H. Koh as soon as the parties had been assembled. The speed of the verdict from the jury apparently had come as quite a surprise. One of Apple’s lawyers walked into the courtroom wearing a polo shirt and jeans, it was clear that he wasn’t expecting this to finalize today.
The trial, which has stretched itself out for more than three weeks, was filled with a massive treasury of evidence that had unveiled some of each companies’ biggest secrets, especially some of Apple’s. This was one a very complex case that presented the jurors with page after page of technical gibberish. On Samsung’s side of things, the supposed infringements could have been way to technical to even understand. To reach their decision, jurors had to work through a thick 20 page document that required them to figure out which devices from both Apple and Samsung infringed on what patents. This was quite a big task ask Apple accused nearly two dozen of Samsung’s devices (which I found to be outstanding that all 24 were infringing on something).
On Apple’s side of things, it was prototypes of the iPhone and iPad designs that had never even saw the light of day, as well as some very literal and highly detailed financial data that went far beyond what the normal company would typically make public. There were also some emails between Apple executives, one of which included some mentioning of high interest in creating a smaller version of the iPad which could very well possibly be 7 or so inches.
For Samsung though, it was a series of internal documents. Many of those documents showed that the company often looked to Apple’s devices for cues when designing its various icons and general features. One internal report contained numerous side-by-side slides where the company had put a pre-release version of its original Galaxy smartphone next to the iPhone and then offered suggestions on how to make it a bit more similar. After hearing about this, Google contacted Samsung and told them to make their phones less similar to Apple’s.
For Samsung, it was a series of damning internal documents, many of which showed that the company looked to Apple’s devices for cues when designing its software icons and general features. One such internal report contained numerous side-by-side slides where the company put a pre-release version of its initial Galaxy smartphone next to the iPhone, and offered suggestions on how to make it more similar.
It’s quite ironic that this also took place as Apple CEO Tim Cook celebrated his first anniversary as CEO of the company. Quite a gift, isn’t it?