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.