After weeks and weeks of back and forward arguing in the San Jose federal court, a verdict was reached. After 21 hours and 37 minutes in the span of three weeks, the juries in the case of Apple vs Samsung has made its decision saying that Samsung did infringe on five out of seven Apple patents.
The jurors in the case announced that Samsung did infringe on multiple patents including Apple’s ‘381 patent on bounceback, Apple’s ‘915 patent on pinch-and-zoom, and Apple’s home screen GUI. Though Samsung is said to infringe on Apple’s patents, the Galaxy Tab did not infringe on Apple’s iPad design patents.
In the ruling, Samsung has to pay Apple $1,049,343,540 for the damages the company created, which is half of the $2.5 billion Apple was asking. The initial number was $1,051,855,000, but was reduced to $1,049,343,540 after the judge found an issue with how the jury applied damages on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE and the Samsung Intercept.
Samsung has release a statement saying that the ruling should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. Apple has also said in a statement that they are “grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it”. Google has also respond to the court case saying that most of its claims do not relate to the stock Android software . There are also reports that the judge may reconsider the US ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab.
Though Apple won the case in federal court, the ruling is not a positive sign by the people. There has been talks about boycotting Apple for its unfair practices and that they cannot tell the difference between an iPhone and a Samsung phone. Apple shares has dropped seven percent after reaching the most valuable public company.