The verdict is in: Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple’s patents

By , Aug 24, 2012

The ongoing legal battle between the world’s two largest phone manufacturers isn’t anything new. For over a year now, both companies have been fighting on the marketplace, but also in the courtroom.

But things have been seriously heating up the last couple weeks with what is probably the most watched trial ever in the tech world, as both Samsung and Apple accuse each other of patent infringement.

And after 21 hours of deliberation, the jury has finally reached a decision…

And the verdict is, Samsung has been found guilty of infringing on several patents owned by Apple (via The Verge).

  • Samsung products that were found to violate Apple’s ‘301 patent (the bounce-back or rubber-band scrolling patent) – Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi, Continuum, Droid Charge, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Ace, Prevail, S, 4G, S II, Galaxy Tab, The Gem Indulge, Infuse 4G, Mesmerie, Nexus S 4G, Replenish and Vibrant.
  • Samsung products that were found to violate Apple’s ‘915 patent (or pinch to zoom) – Captivate, Continuum, Droid Charge, Fascinate, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S II, i9100, Galaxy S 2 T-Mobile, Tab, Tab 10.1, Gem, Indulge, Infuse, Nexus S 4G
  • Samsung products found to violate Apple’s ‘163 patent (tap to zoom) – Droid Charge, Epic 4G, Exhibit 4G, Fascinate, Ace, Prevail, Galaxy X, Galaxy S 4G, S II AT&T, i9100, S II T-Mobile, Galaxy Tab, Tab 10.1, Infuse 4G, Mesmerize, and Replenish
  • Samsung products that infringed on Apple’s on ‘677 design patent – Fascinate, Galaxy S, S 4G, S 2 ATT, S2 i9100, S2 Tmobile, S 2 Epic 4G touch, Skyrocket, Showcase, Infuse 4G, Mesmerize, and Vibrant
  • Samsung products that infringed on Apple’s ‘087 design patent – S i9000, S 4G, and Vibrant.
  • Samsung products found infringing on Apple’s ‘305 design patent – Captivate, Continuum, Droid Charge, Epic 4G, Fascinate, Galaxy S i9000, S 4G, Showcase, Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, Mesmerize, and Vibrant
  • Was Samsung willful in its infringement? – Yes for all patents but design patent ‘087, and ‘889.
  • None of Apple’s patents were proven invalid by Samsung.
  • No across the board on whether Apple infringed on any of Samsung’s patents, although it also didn’t prove any of Samsung’s patents invalid.

And now for the damages — what the jury feels Samsung owes Apple based on all of its patent infringements:

The total amount of damages Samsung will be forced to pay is $1,051,855,000. Wow. Here’s the break down.

  • More than $57 million for Samsung’s Prevail handset
  • $44.8 million for the Mesmerize
  • $3.3 million for the Replenish
  • $1 million for the Samsung Transform

Apple didn’t win every claim, but this is certainly a major victory for the company. Now that all of its major trade dress and design patents have been proven valid, it can use them and this verdict to fight off future copycats. One thing is for sure, if you were thinking about implementing one of Apple’s ideas into one of your products before, you aren’t now.

Not a bad way for Tim Cook to celebrate his one year anniversary, is it?

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