Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Apple Wins Patent Infringement Case; Samsung to Pay $1.05 Billion in Damages

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Apple Wins Patent Infringement Case; Samsung to Pay $1.05 Billion in Damages

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Apple won a sweeping victory in its landmark patent dispute against Samsung when a Silicon Valley jury ruled Friday that a series of popular smartphone and tablet features -- from the rounded rectangle shape to the way screens slide and bounce to the touch -- are proprietary Apple innovations.

The nine-person jury overwhelmingly sided with Apple's claims that Samsung had infringed on valid patents when it copied those and other design elements while seeking to compete against the wildly popular iPhone and iPad. The jury rejected claims that Apple had infringed on several of Samsung's patents.

Damages totaled $1.05 billion -- less than half of the $2.5 billion that Apple requested -- but the impact on Samsung's business practices and those of other electronics manufacturers stands to be more profound if the ruling survives a likely appeal.

Together, Apple and Samsung control more than half of the fast- growing smartphone market, and both are major players in tablets, as well. The ruling has no immediate effect on the sale of either company's products, but Apple has requested injunctions against the sales of products found to infringe on its patents.

"While a billion [dollars] is significant, Samsung has the balance sheet to cover it," patent lawyer Demetrios Anaipakos said. "What's more substantial is an injunction. If Samsung is required to pull devices off the market, that will be much more expensive."

The speed and decisiveness of the ruling, which came after just three days of deliberations, startled observers who had been bracing for a long wait, as the jury worked its way through an uncommonly detailed set of questions involving several features and dozens of individual devices.

The jury found infringement by Samsung in six of seven patents raised by Apple in the suit. In five cases, the infringement was willful, the jury said. Shares of Apple, already the most highly valued U.S. company, jumped in after-market trading on news of its victory.

"Today's verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer," Samsung said Friday night after the ruling. …

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