The controversy regarding patents infringement between Apple and Samsung has been finally put to an end, as most of the jury were convinced that Samsung did copy ideas from Apple.
After a long deliberation, the jury handling the case ruled that all patents belonging to Apple are valid while the majority of Samsung devices involved in the case have infringed Apple’s patents.
Specifically, the court ruled that Apple’s “bounce back” patent has been infringed upon by all 21 Samsung devices while all except three devices have infringed the “pinch to zoom” patent that Apple holds.
Aside from that, the jury also found that Samsung copied the features of Apple’s home screen graphical user interface (GUI). However, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has not been found to infringe on the features of Apple’s iPad.
As a final point, the jury decided that each infringement should be placed with a monetary value, requiring Samsung to pay Apple a total of US$1.05 billion (£664.42 million) for all the damages, although the sum was quite less than what Apple expected, which was around US$2.5 billion (£1.6 billion).
On the other hand, Samsung’s claim that Apple’s iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPhone4 infringed five of its patents has been denied by the jury. Hence, Apple does not have to pay Samsung for any damages.
The jury’s verdict does not mean Apple won in every part of the case, but victory seems to be in favour of Apple as the company won more than enough of Samsung’s claims.