The Courts Decide Samsung Infringed on Apple’s Patents

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samsung-apple-court-caseA federal jury late Friday ruled Samsung Electronics infringed two of the patents Apple claimed in its landmark patent lawsuit.

But the jury said Samsung phones did not infringe two others, and Apple was awarded just a fraction of the $2.2 billion in damages it was seeking.

The victory wasn’t as clear cut as in 2012 when Apple was awarded nearly $1 billion in damages. Today, the jury awarded Apple $119.6 million in the high-stakes legal battle over software features used in millions of smartphones.

The jury also found Apple infringed one of Samsung’s patents, and awarded the Korean company $158,400.

“Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: that Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said in a statement.

The jury of four women and four men began deliberating Tuesday after a month of testimony in the case. It had two full days of deliberation on Wednesday and Thursday.

Apple sought $2.2 billion in damages from Samsung, accusing the company of infringing on its patents to create new Galaxy smartphones and tablet. The features that Samsung unlawfully used, Apple charged, involve word correction, the slide feature to unlock a device, quick links, syncing of programs in the background and universal searching.

“Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: that Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said in a statement.

The jury of four women and four men began deliberating Tuesday after a month of testimony in the case. It had two full days of deliberation on Wednesday and Thursday.

source: usatoday.com

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