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August 30, 2012 / Scott Tillett

Jury Awards $1.05 Billion to Apple in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

The trial of Apple’s patent infringement claims against Samsung has resulted in a huge victory to Apple.  On August 24, 2012, a jury awarded $1.05 billion to Apple, finding that Samsung violated Apple’s patents relating to its iPhone and iPad products.

In April 2011, Apple filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court in San Jose, California, against Samsung, maker of the allegedly infringing Galaxy S smartphone, demanding $2.5 billion.  Apple alleged that Samsung infringed certain patents it held, including its “bounce-back” and zooming features.  Samsung, Apple’s biggest competitor and the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer, filed a counterclaim against Apple for $399 million, stating that it had not infringed any of Apple’s patents.

United States District Court Judge Lucy Koh attempted to facilitate settlement of the lawsuit; however, Samsung stood its ground, asserting that Apple did not have a monopoly on cell phones with large screens and round edges.  At trial, Apple introduced internal Samsung documents that it alleged demonstrated Samsung copied its designs.  The jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion, finding that 25 separate Samsung products infringed upon Apple’s intellectual property.

Similar lawsuits between these tech giants are pending in several countries around the world.  Samsung was victorious in a court case pending in Seoul, Korea, in which Korean judges held that Samsung did not copy design elements of the iPhone and that Apple actually infringed on Samsung’s wireless technology.  However, these same arguments have been dismissed by other European courts, which have held that that Samsung’s wireless technology is part of industry standards that must be licensed to its competitors.

Has another business infringed upon your intellectual property?  If so, please call Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation.

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