Given the complexity of the issues the jury of nine at United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose Division had to deal with, it has been quite a long time till the 20-page verdict has been reached.
It seems it’s not only Apple that considers Samsung as a copycat, as the court has plead the Korean Giant guilty for infringing multiple software and hardware design patents, as well as trade-dress dilution. However, the punishment that Samsung will have to face is much heavier than what the British court forced Apple to do – the Korean manufacturer will now have to pay whole $1.049 billion to Apple in damages that can be broken down by the offending devices as follows:
• $954,060 for the Transform;
• $3,350,256 for the Replenish;
• $44,792,974 for the Infused 4G;
• $53,123,612 for the Mesmerize;
• $57 million for the Samsung Prevail.
However, this is not all. Apple has filed to have 8 of Samsung’s devices banned from the market, majority of which represent the Galaxy S line. The list of devices that Cupertino-based company attempts to ditch from the market include Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile, AT&T, the Epic 4G Touch, the Skyrocket, the Galaxy S Showcase, Galaxy S 4G, the Samsung DROID Charge, and the Samsung Galaxy Prevail. Each “X” in the table provided below reflects a jury finding in Apple’s favor, so check it to find out which phones are violating which patents.
It seems we’ve come up to the most important part of the story - Samsung has recently sent out memos to its employees, commenting about the lost lawsuit. You can take a look at the full version of the memo distributed by Korean manufacturer to its employees below.
“We initially proposed to negotiate with Apple instead of going to court, as they had been one of our most important customers. However, Apple pressed on with a lawsuit, and we have had little choice but to counter-sue, so that we can protect our company.
Certainly, we are very disappointed by the verdict at the US District Court for the Northern District of California (NDCA), and it is regrettable that the verdict has caused concern amongst our employees, as well as our loyal customers.
However, the judge’s final ruling remains, along with a number of other procedures. We will continue to do our utmost until our arguments have been accepted.
The NDCA verdict starkly contrasts decisions made by courts in a number of other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea, which have previously ruled that we did not copy Apple’s designs. These courts also recognized our arguments concerning our standards patents.
History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth, when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation.
We trust that the consumers and the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation, and we will prove this beyond doubt.”
Moreover, Google has also commented on the verdict, claiming that the final decision of the jury does not relate to what they call a “core Android”. Check Google’s comment in full below:
“The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industries is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.”
However the final verdict has yet to be made about banning Samsung products in the US market. Whatever the case may be, Apple has already won not only the lawsuit, but the reputation and $1.049 billion, of course.