Apple Wins California Lawsuit, Samsung Owes 1.5 Billion

After a lengthy lawsuit in which both companies alleged patent infringement against one another, Samsung has been dealt a devastating blow at the hands of Apple’s legal team. Samsung, the jury found, engaged in “willful” infringement of 5 Apple patents in various Samsung mobile devices, and ordered the company to pay out an astonishing $1,051,855,000 in damages, easily the biggest patent-related payout in history. Only deliberating for a scant two and a half days, the Jury produced a verdict that added further insult to Samsung’s crippling injury by denying the company’s counter claims against Apple.

The trial in California is only part of a worldwide battle between Apple and Samsung over patents, and it’s by far the largest. Samsung and Apple were each recently found guilty of patent violations against one another in a Korean court, and order to pay $35,000 and $25,000 respectively. Samsung is guaranteed to appeal the California verdict, so expect it to be whittled down as it winds through the courts, but until that happens, bask in the glory. This is what it looks like when Apple Wins; Fatality.

A brief note: Does anyone care to speculate on this outsized verdict? Because my cynicism gland is throbbing. I don’t mean anything like bribery, but I can’t help wonder if Los Angeles’ famous inability to convict a celebrity kicked in during a business trial. In other jurisdictions, both companies have been found guilty. It’s odd that Samsung is the only one kicked in the balls in this case. Because seriously, Apple is hardly blameless.

Via CNN

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5 Comments on Apple Wins California Lawsuit, Samsung Owes 1.5 Billion

user

On August 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Samsung should have won just because of all the money Apple has sitting around to fund that death star. To me that would have been fair.

T Wal

On August 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Heh, good imagery.

Mike

On August 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Not really surprising considering Cali is a hotbed of Apple drones who think the company can do no wrong. The courts here are crazy man.

Tox Laximus

On August 25, 2012 at 11:58 pm

The first time I saw a iphone was when my quack pulled one out and tried being a big shot tech master with it.

The bloody thing looked disgusting, finger prints all over it, and the stupid thing don’t fit in pockets.

I told the noob I programmed AI combat for games, real PC games.

He said “I wish I could do that”.

Yeah, stupid noobs and their ipad’s

JC

On August 26, 2012 at 5:55 am

So Apple is basically saying that Samsung products are the same as Apple’s for half the price.

Hopefully Samsung turns this ruling into an ad campaign.