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Samsung vows to fight on as Apple wins $1bn damages

Jury finds Samsung violated Apple design and technology patents

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Samsung must pay Apple more than $1 billion for infringing several of its patents in Samsung smartphones and tablets, a California jury decided on Friday.

Samsung immediately said it would appeal the verdict in the landmark trial between the two companies. The case covered numerous products and company subsidiaries. But in most instances the jury found products of the Korean company and two of its US subsidiaries infringed Apple's patents.

The outcome can be seen overall as a big win for Apple, although the Cupertino-based maker of the iPhone and iPad was awarded less than half of the $2.75 billion in damages it was seeking.

Immediately following the reading of the verdict, the court went into recess to allow lawyers to review the verdict and raise any questions they have before the jury is dismissed.

David Steel, Samsung's senior vice president for North America Strategic Marketing, was sitting in court to hear the verdict, ticking off the jury's findings one by one. He ignored a reporter's request for comment as the court went into recess and left the courtroom. (See video of a Samsung lawyer leaving the court and entering a media scrum.)

Samsung later said in a statement, "It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apples claims."

The complex case included several claims by Samsung that Apple had infringed on its patents, but the jury found none of those claims to be valid.

"Zero," the jury forewoman said when reading out the damages Samsung would get from Apple.

The verdict was read out before a packed courtroom of reporters, attorneys and other observers. Because of its complexity, Samsung's lawyers asked the judge to keep the jury in the courtroom for 30 minutes after the verdict was read out, to sort out any possible inconsistencies in their decision.

When the court reconvened, two apparent errors were raised. Both concerned damages awarded for products that were not found to have infringed Apple's patents. They amounted to a little over $2 million, however, so made barely a dent in the total award.

The verdict came in after the nine-person jury at the US District Court in San Jose, California, had been deliberating for less than three days. That was faster than many observers had expected, given the number of issues the jury had to decide on.

The verdict form included some 700 questions, related to various products and company subsidiaries.

Apple and Samsung have been fighting the closely watched battle since early last year, when Apple accused Samsung of violating a handful of its design and technology patents related to the iPhone. Samsung shot back soon after, saying Apple had violated some of its own technology patents.

Observers had expected the jury to deliberate for longer. They had not asked a single clarification question since they began their deliberations Wednesday morning. On Thursday they asked to extend their deliberations by an extra hour each day, which some thought to be a sign that they thought they would need a lot of time to reach their verdict. In hindsight, they may simply have wanted to get their work finished before the weekend.

In related legal news, the US International Trade Commission also found largely in Apple's favour Friday, saying that it had not violated three patents in a complaint filed by Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility. That left one Motorola patent, for a sensor-controlled UI, that it sent back to a judge for investigation.


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