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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  • Pat Simeon

    Here we goooo

  • Mahjikk

    And I’m sure that this will change everything. -_-

  • Modest

    Really, did some people expected Samsung to win? looooool, no way. Apple – Keep it up!

  • Colby Kirchner


  • ClaudieX X

    yea baby… yea !!!

  • ClaudieX X

    come to papa samsung !!

  • Andre Verdin

    They are about to pay up big time

    • damon clark

      hell yea, so many products are about to be lifted

  • 50bbx

    Oh come on, why isn’t there any source? I want to read the verdict myself!

    • – Adham | أدهم –

      The Verge has a live feed on it

  • Austin Skeens

    About time Apple got what Steve Jobs said was coming to them!

  • 50bbx


    • Mahjikk

      Holy Shit! 855 TROUSAND???!!!!!!!

  • David Soto

    Im excited. It feels like a godang holiday!

  • – Adham | أدهم –

    Looks like Apple Stock will go up and Samsung’s will drop on Monday.

  • syler

    i wonder if samsung will still invest $4 billion in apple after this?

    • Zachary Sloane

      it would be stupid not to. Apple is still one of their biggest clients…if not THE biggest.

      • syler

        to offset the 1billion and change they should deduct that from the 4billion that they plan to invest. at least thats what i would do b/c apple still needs the investment right.

      • 1337lolzorz

        It is Samsungs investment, it’s not “deducting” anything. Samsung is profiting off of it and would lose out if they didn’t

    • Michael Hulet

      Samsung is putting $4B into their own factory where they make parts for Apple & other customers

  • Burge

    And now any parts for any apple device that Samsung makes is about to go up in price

    • Burge

      And also just got back the 60mill for the iPad name..

    • Telejeesus

      That might be true LOL
      Apple sucks(some products r good but the company suck ass)
      And soon Apples buble will burst.

  • mhobb

    Doesn’t apple buy parts from Samsung still, ex. iPhone screens? Price hike much…

    • – Adham | أدهم –

      Screens are now from LG (rumored i believe) and they already stopped using their Processors and a few other components. They will for sure find alternatives.

      • Richard Borkovec

        Apple still uses Samsung to make their processors, THE most important part of the phone as it holds the CPU and the GPU. Without it, they wouldn’t have products. And yes, this is going to mean a nice price hike for everyone. Hope Apple is happy now.

      • 1337lolzorz

        No it does not mean a price hike for Apple. Samsung and Apple are involved in multi national interests and both have an
        interest in keeping their business on the supply chain level.

      • Richard Borkovec

        Not for Apple specifically, but when any company is fined, they raise their prices to make up for it.

      • 1337lolzorz

        That wouldn’t be wise as it would decrease their competitiveness

      • Richard Borkovec

        Tell that to every company that raises it’s prices because of stuff like this. Apple buys it’s chips from Samsung, they knew what would happen if they won and went ahead anyway.

      • 1337lolzorz

        You’re wrong they have no reason to risk losing their biggest customer and lose more money.

      • – Adham | أدهم –

        Oh well, like I said before, there are alternatives

      • geekinit

        Technically, Samsung did fabricate Apple’s A5 processors, but Apple’s new A6 chips are being made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing.

      • Richard Borkovec

        But Samsung is still making their A5(X) chips, as why they just invested $4 billion into the plant in Texas they use to manufacture them.

  • Dani Hayes

    Poor Samsung. Get it??

  • Chhun Sereyrithy


  • Andrew

    Time to pay the piper Samsung. Apple just got $1.5 billion richer

  • Joe Franks


  • Manuel Molina

    Wow – they said settle our of court, and now one company is fucked. Good luck to Samsung.

    • Altechi

      Well I wouldn’t say fucked, because Samsung is more than just phones, but they will be 1.05 billion lighter…that is if they don’t appeal

  • seyss

    about time these goddamn koreans pays the price for their shameless lack of originality. 1bn is too little

    • taran

      Please give me half of that billion if thats too little fr you…:p

  • Richard Borkovec

    And there goes the entire smartphone industry in one lawsuit…*sigh* By this time next year there will only be once choice for tablets and phones.

    • cruzcontrol1001

      I hope you bought samsung then if then do so now

      • Richard Borkovec

        Or any other smartphone once Apple starts suing RIM, Google, HTC, MS, Nokia, Huawei, etc.

      • Telejeesus

        Nokia won Apple, Apple pays royalties for every iPhone LOL

      • Ingmar Sdlr

        Well but not for: Pinch to zoom, tap to zoom, the rubber band side scrolling bar, the slide to unlock etc. just check the patents above.

      • Richard Borkovec

        And I love how your facts were down-voted. Apple doesn’t pay royalties for these, because they BOUGHT these patents, minus the “Slide to Unlock” one.

    • Connor Frye

      there are more phones than Samsung, but yeah big chunk. Competition is good.

      • Richard Borkovec

        There are, but Apple can now use this lawsuit outcome against every other smartphone maker out there.

      • Jackson Grong

        You are retarded. The company that want to use Apple patents just pay 0.7% and that’s it! That is what Samsung should do in 2010!
        2th Only Samsung copied the iPhone in evry way possible.

      • Richard Borkovec

        So now I’m retarded? Really? Wow, that’s a new low, even for this site.
        Apple DOES NOT license out their patents. The only time they’ve done it was when they were forced, and ONE TIME they licensed them to Microsoft with a “do not clone” agreement, basically making them invalid for MS. There’s only so much you can do to a phone to make it different than every other phone out there.

        And what if Samsung just stopped making the parts for Apple’s products? Samsung sure as hell makes Apple more money than it’s patents are worth.

      • macboy74

        Apple has already started to move away from Samsung as far as parts go. This is not new news man. The 3rd gen iPad is a perfect example as a lot of parts came from LG and toshiba. Believe it or not there’s a lot of other part manufactures than Samsung.

      • Richard Borkovec

        I’m not stupid, I know there are tons of manufacturing companies. Samsung has been their biggest partner, and soon I’m sure Apple will have nothing to do with Samsung. Better for Samsung. They can use the billions they’ve invested into making Apple one of the top phone and tablet makers and make their own things then.

      • Justin Marshall

        Microsoft seemed to be able to make a phone along with Nokia and an operating system that looks absolutely nothing like an iPhone. Why can’t Samsung?

      • Richard Borkovec

        Because they both had operating systems to being with. Samsung used Android, threw on their TouchWiz interface, and that was that. I never said they didn’t take stuff from Apple, it’s obvious they did, but not everything listed here should have been put up for litigation at all. If you look at all the patents in there, it’s utter garbage you can patent half of that stuff.

    • Liu Zhenyu

      Only because u support Samsung, not apple, I can see that through every comment you have benn posting on this blog. If u don’t like apple, pls leave

      • Richard Borkovec

        Grow up.

    • macboy74

      How is the entire industry gone? This should send a message to other companies to come up with their own ideas. Which others have been doing but Samsung up until the SGS III and the SG note tablet.

      • Richard Borkovec

        Because Apple can use these patents (the mailto: protocol, clicking phone numbers to call, inertial scrolling) and sue other companies with it. Apple BOUGHT those patents, they didn’t file for them. You can only do so much with a phone to make it look and feel different than other phones.

  • Joey_Z

    so, can I think about the case this way: For all these years, Apple basically got some parts of its gadgets for free from Samsung? lol

  • Chhun Sereyrithy

    Apple deserves all its rights to protect their innovations and this is a good lesson for this ego copycat. From product design, product features, advertising, retail, you name it, …

    • AmazingBJW

      iOS 6 isn’t exactly innovation…

      • Richard Borkovec

        iOS 6 ISN’T innovation at all. Nokia has had 3D maps for ages, as has Google. And every other “new” thing is in Cydia.

      • Connor Frye

        Google announced theirs a week before apple. Unless your calling those grey blocks 3D

      • Richard Borkovec

        Google Earth was out WAY before they released their 3D maps stand alone app.

      • Connor Frye

        Google Earth was not 3D, except for pathetic grey buildings like the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel tower. Google Earth is just satellite turned on permanently and textured around a globe model. However it is true, Google Maps was always more convenient and for awhile will probably be way ahead of anything apple comes out with.

      • Biken Dangol

        It isn’t new for hacker but don’t get me wrong friend since all the apple idevice user are not hackers(simply don’t know how to install cydia or some don’t want to ). Turn by turn navigation is new for iOS,Bluetooth sharing(I guess), Siri 4 iPad. So on all are small feature but can be very useful for user.

      • Richard Borkovec

        Waze, TomTom, Garmin, and other nav. apps were on the app store way before iOS 6. TomTom even powers Apple’s Map app. Bluetooth sharing has been in phones since the 90’s, it’s not new by a long shot. Siri was in the app store before Apple bought it, and even then there’s Evi. There’s tons of stuff in iOS 6 that’s in the AppStore, it doesn’t even need to be jailbroken. iOS 6 is a major letdown so far.

      • Biken Dangol

        I guess then but software is in beta form so finger cross. Anyway thanks for the information . I didnt know that.

  • Khalid Salim

    1 billion is nothing for Samsung…

    • Tom García

      It is for me

    • Chhun Sereyrithy

      yeah it’s nothing but it’s a lesson learned for Samsung. It’s a pain deep inside when someone simply steals our beloved things we have been working and living for.

    • Khalid Salim

      With Ll the dislikes I repeat, 1 billion is nothing for Samsung

  • Jens Tinnerholm

    Wow. “Only in america” really suits fine here

  • Thomas N Shanna Bernauer

    Where’s the source!!!

  • Jacob S

    Finally the verdict is here… SHAMESUNG!!!

  • ali_plus

    Jury decides to change the amount to $1.049 billion after Samsung asks to reconsider Patent ‘915.

    Total number of damages now down to $1,049,343,540

  • remydlc

    so you are telling me any other phone maker have to make triangular shaped phones for the US? is that what it is? cuz apple patented the million years old shape here in the US? I mean, i know they copied the look and feel, but their phone SAID their name in front, is not like they had an apple in the back, too.

    • macboy74

      Wow you win a blue ribbon for one of the dumbest comments on this post. Maybe read up on what this was about before flapping nonsense.

  • Telejeesus

    Bad for Samsung :(
    But still Apple pays royalties for every iPhone to Nokia LOL
    (dont remember what patent theft, but its the name of the game.Everyone “steals” some ideas from others)

  • Liu Zhenyu

    No sales ban?

  • Michael Noriega

    I clicked on both URL’s and did find this video of Apple and Samsung arguing back and forth, can someone post the URL, please & thank you?

  • JRushPro

    Now I want to see how Samsung makes their future products! If they’re not iPhone like, what will they look like then? Now we play the waiting game…

  • Lach Murimi

    Hahahahahahahh!!!! LOLLLLL!!! That figure made my day!!! Did you see how many numbers those are???? LMAO!!!

  • Jonathan James

    Apple holds all the patents.. I guess its in there plan to get rid of there competition. As much as I like Apple, it makes me want to support the competitors because if Apple has 100% of the market share, they can do whatever they like…

    • Ingmar Sdlr

      Well if i were Samsung i’d quickly change some UI things and get out of some patents.

  • gdfgsdfg

    Great, what’s next? forbidding everything looking like a phone? this is ridiculous

  • Leonard Wong

    1 Billion is really a huge amount.
    can’t really believe such patents case could lead to such a huge amount a party have to pay

  • Joe Jonsen

    Okay so can we never hear about this silly bs again plaese.

  • Miras safadi

    I swear to god that is the most beautiful article i haveever read on IDB!

    • Miras safadi

      Have ever**

  • Allritch Tessono

    That does it. If I’m a hardware and tech company why would I agree to sell patents or manufacture parts to Apple especially if my company has a rival telecommunication and mobile division.

    I didn’t know you can patent rectangular shapes and icons. And pitch and zoom. Are you effin kidding. My BlackBerry has a pitch to zoom effect as well. If it didn’t I would have to read my mobile browser with a magnifying glass. If that’s the case why doesn’t the first guy who came up with the flat screen TV sue every TV company that’s out there for copying the shape and likeness of their invention.

    If they are so high and mighty why don’t they operate as a self contained company and invent their own processors and retina displays. For all you Crapple fanboys out there take a good look at your IPhone. The only thing American made about your device is the the apple.

  • david nugget

    i can see it now the next samsung will have no touchscreen and full keyboard.what a waste of scared of compatition so they tie them up in put price up now.