Apple Vs Samsung Trial Verdict Is In

So after 3 weeks and months of build up the jury in the Apple vs Samsung trial have finished their deliberations and given their verdict.

They ruled that all of Apples patents are valid and the majority of Samsung devices featured in the case infringed. Specifically all 21 devices infringed on the “bounce back” patent whereas all but 3 devices infringed on Apples pinch to zoom patent. The jury also ruled that Samsung copied the home screen GUI. Another decision was that Apples trade dress is also valid and the Galaxy S dilutes. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not infringe Apples iPad design however.

Ultimately the jury had to place a monetary value on each infringement and determined that Samsung must pay Apple $1,051,855,000 in total damages, which is quite a bit less than the $2.5b Apple was aiming for still a not inconsiderable sum of money.

In the countersuit the jury ruled that the iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch and iPad did not infringe any of the 5 patents Samsung claims they did. Therefore the jury ruled that Apple was not to pay Samsung any damages.

Apple didn’t win every part of the case, not by a long shot, but they did win more than enough for this to be considered a victory in their favour. What this will mean for the future of Android and its OEM’s remains to be seen. Samsung always reserves the right to an appeal of course.