We have been hearing about this worldwide fistfight for months now, but the Apple vs. Samsung patent war hit a new gear at the end of last week. After a very lengthy trial in the US, the jury gave their verdict in what was always going to be the biggest trial between the two technology giants.
The outcome: Samsung infringed on many an Apple patent, and have to pay up. This is a huge blow to Samsung in the land of the star-spangled banner and not just because of the monetary implications. While appeals and counter appeals will undoubtedly follow, the penalty to Samsung following the verdicts is a whopping $1.049 billion. That is a huge amount of dough to cough up and we are interested to see how that affects Samsung‘s business in the States, as well as their strategies regarding future devices.
Obviously, after such a momentous decision, many Samsung and Android fans are crying foul all over the world. The jury has been slated as biased and patriotically inconsistent in their decision regarding the different claims. Frankly, it seems as though they might have a case when you look at the evidence from the press releases, where they even skipped some evidence against Apple when deliberating.
“œHogan was jury foreman. He had experience. He owned patents himself…so he took us through his experience. After that it was easier. After we debated that first patent ““ what was prior art ““because we had a hard time believing there was no prior art.“
“œIn fact we skipped that one,“ Hogan continued, “œso we could go on faster. It was bogging us down.“
Interestingly there was another trial going on at the same time in a fight over the exact same patents, however, this trial was in South Korea, homeland of Samsung. What was the verdict in that trial? That Apple and Samsung both infringed on each other‘s patents. As a result of this, to sum up, the iPhone 3GS, iPhone4, iPad 1 and 2, Samsung‘s Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 can no longer be sold in South Korea.
That‘s quite a different opinion on the patents of the two companies. We can only hope that the two can now start moving on from this ridiculous patent war (after all the appeals and final verdicts, of course) and rather start spending all that money that is going into the trials on innovation and improving their devices.