Jury Awards Apple One Instagram in Damages

Posted on August 24, 2012 by

The Apple vs. Samsung patent trial verdict is in, and the jury ruled that Samsung violated most of the patents at issue. This means Samsung owes Apple over $1 billion in damages.

This news probably doesn’t come to a surprise to anyone who has seen the blatant copying of Apple’s iPhone and iPad Samsung has been doing over the past few years. I guess this means Samsung will have to hire a designer, no more free rides from Jony Ive.

Statement from Apple’s VP of worldwide corporate communications, Katie Cotton:

We 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. The mountain of evidence presented during the trail showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.

Statement from Samsung’s PR team:

Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer,” Samsung said in a statement. “It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.

Oh yeah, and that crazy countersuit by Samsung, the jury concluded that Apple owes Samsung nothing.

Source: NYTimes