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Jury Rules Samsung Violated Apple Patents, Owes $1 Billion

• Christina Bonnington via WIRED.com
 Samsung owes Apple more than $1 billion in damages for violating Apple hardware and software patents, a California jury ruled on Friday. The jury found that Samsung infringed upon Apple patents having to do with physical design and user interfaces, often willfully, and that several of the South Korean company’s products diluted Apple’s trade dress, especially as it related to various iPhone models.

The jury did not find that Samsung proved by clear and convincing evidence that Apple’s asserted utility and design patents were invalid,  as Samsung had claimed, and found that many Samsung products violated those patents. 

Though Apple was awarded less than the $2.5 billion it originally sought, this was clearly a resounding win for the company. And it could have far-reaching consequences to the smartphone and tablet industry, ranging from product injunctions, like we just saw happen in South Korea Friday morning, to the need for mobile device makers to overhaul the designs and UIs of their products.

For the ’381 patent,  which covers the “bounce-back” feature in document scrolling,  all applicable Samsung products were found to be infringing for Samsung Electronics Ltd,  Samsung Electronics America,  and Samsung Telecommunications America,  with the exception of the Galaxy Tab under Samsung Telecommunications America. This is a total of 21 smartphones and tablets including the Samsung Nexus S 4G, Galaxy s II (AT&T and i9100), Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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