Apple awarded $1bn in damages from Samsung in US court
Apple and Samsung make the bestselling smartphones in the market
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A US court has
ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05bn (£665m) in damages for infringing
The jury decided several Samsung devices had infringed iPhone
maker Apple's software and
design patents, but rejected counter
claims by Samsung.
Apple will now
seek import bans on several of its rival's products. Samsung has said it will
Correspondents say the ruling is one of the most significant in a global battle over patents and
In recent weeks, a court in South Korea ruled that
both technology firms had copied each other,
while a British court threw out claims by the US company that Samsung had infringed its
But the year
long US case has involved some of the biggest damages claims, and is likely to
shape the way paten
t licenses are handled in the future.
Samsung promised to appeal against the decision describing it as "a loss for the American
"It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices," the South Korean
The statement added that it was "unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one
company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners".
Apple, however, said it applauded the court "for finding Samsung's behaviour wilful and for
ng a loud and clear message that stealing isn't right".
Apple said it intended to seek sales injunctions at a follow
up hearing on 20 September
The two firms account for more than half of global smartphone and tablet computer sales.
person jury at
the federal court in San Jose, California had to consider 700 questions
about each side's claim that its rival had infringed its intellectual property.
It deliberated for less than three days before coming to a unanimous decision, rejecting all of
's claims and upholding five of Apple's allegations, including:
Some of Samsung's handsets, including its Galaxy S 4G model, infringed Apple's design patents
for the look of its iPhone including the system it uses to display text and icons
All the disputed
Samsung devices had copied Apple's "bounce
back response", which makes lists
jump back as if yanked by a rubber band
Several Samsung devices incorporated Apple's facility allowing users to zoom into text with a
tap of a finger
Apple had wanted $2.5bn in d
amages. Samsung had sought $519m.
Michael Gartenburg, research director at Gartner, told the BBC it could be a good thing for
consumers in the long run because it would force Apple's competitors to innovate.
"Anyone who was even thinking abou
t borrowing a technology or design from Apple will think
twice about it now," he said.
The Mesmerize, Galaxy Prevail and Infuse were among the handsets found to have infringed
Other analysts point out that Apple could be the overall loser b
ecause the court case has helped
boost Samsung's profile.
However, Christopher Marlett of investment bank MDB Capital Group said there was a "social
cost" for Samsung.
"As a company, you don't want to be known as someone who steals from someone else," he s
Apple remains one of the South Korean company's biggest customers buying computer chips
and, reportedly, screens.
Sansung has already brought out a new generation of products that should avoid the patent
But Apple said it still intended to see
k sales injunctions at a follow
up hearing on 20 September.
It may also seek to use this ruling to block other devices powered by Google's Android software
that it believes replicate elements of its user
interface, including current models by Samsung as
ll as other firms.
Question ( 10 marks)
1.Based on your view which company will highly affected by court decision?
2. Do you agree on court decision ?