News: Jury Finds in Favor of Apple
After only 21 hours of deliberation, a jury returned with a verdict in the patent trial involving Apple and Samsung. Apple seems to be the big winner in the findings thus far.
Jordan Golson for MacRumors details each specific patent:
On the first claim, regarding the ’381 “bounce back” patent, the jury finds Samsung guilty on all counts. Samsung infringed on Apple’s patent on a wide variety of products.
On Apple’s “pinch and zoom” ’915 patent, the jury found that Samsung infringed on all but three products.
For the “double-tap to zoom” ’163 patent, the jury found that Samsung infringed on a wide number of products, but not all.
The jury found that Samsung took actions that it knew or should have known were infringing across the ’381, ’915, and ’163 patents on most, though not on all, counts.
For the ’677 patent, covering Apple’s trade dress registration of the look of the front of the iPhone, the jury found that Samsung did infringe on most devices, but again, not all.
For the D’087 patent, covering Apple’s trade dress registration of the look of the back of the iPhone, the jury found that Samsung did infringe on some devices, but not all.
For the ’305 patent, covering the trade dress registration of the iPhone’s home screen, the jury found that Samsung infringed across most devices.
For the D’889 patent, covering the trade dress registration of the iPad’s appearance, the jury found that Samsung’s tablets do not infringe — one of the first victories for Samsung.
On the question of whether Samsung Korea knew or should have known it was inducing US subsidiaries to infringe on the D’677, D’087, D’305 and/or D’889 patents, the jury found in favor of Apple across a wide number of phones and patents, though not on the ’889 patent regarding the iPad. These two questions are significant for Apple to receive damages.
On the question of whether Samsung’s infringement was willful, the jury again found for Apple on a number of patents and devices.
Finally, the jury ruled that none of Apple’s patents were invalid.
Apple also was awarded $1 billion.
Mike Isaac of AllThingsD reports that the process was rather involved and gives some context:
The patent trial has been the premier event of Silicon Valley in recent weeks, as one of the very few high-profile cases to actually go to trial amid the myriad outstanding smartphone patent suits that exist. Apple, the plaintiff, sought damages in excess of $2.5 billion from Samsung for “slavishly copying” aspects of the iPhone, including the way the device looks and acts. While Samsung countersued Apple for infringing its patents.
The jury spent only approximately 21 hours in deliberation before returning its verdict, an extremely fast turnaround for such a complicated case. The verdict form that the jury was required to slog through was more than 20 pages long, and included upwards of 700 very specific questions.
Then again, there most likely will be appeals, so this may not be the end of this story. We’ll also add any other details as the emerge.