Finally the case filed by Apple Inc. against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is won by Apple Inc. on Friday (25th Aug - 2012) as the jury found that the Korean firm had copied critical features of the iPhones and iPads. Now Samsung have to pay over 1 billion dollars to Apple for the damages.
Apple has filed its patent infringement lawsuit in April 2011 and has demanded for $2.5 billion from its top competitor in return Samsung Electronics fired back with its own lawsuit seeking $399 million. Jury has rejected all Samsung's claims against Apple. But they have declined the demand of $2.5 billion filed by Apple.
According to reports from the courthouse, as of 4 p.m. Pacific the jury found that Samsung violated on Apple’s so-called “pinch and zoom” patent, or the ability to make text on a touchscreen bigger by moving one’s fingers outward; and even its bounce-back patent, or the way the image onscreen bounces back when it is dragged with a finger to the edge of the device.
This legal win on Friday came one year after CEO Tim Cook assumed the direct the firm. This week apple climbed the biggest market value in history i.e. climbed almost 2% to a record high of $675 in after-hours trade. Apple lawyers have planned to formally demand Samsung to pull its most popular cellphones and computer tablets from the US market.
Apple upended the mobile phone business when it introduced the iPhone in 2007, and shook the industry again in 2010 when it rolled out the iPad.
The company’s late founder, Steve Jobs, declared to “go to thermonuclear war” when Google launched their Android, according to his biographer, and the company has filed lawsuits around the world in an effort to block what it considers brash copying of its inventions.
Anyways the Samsung vs. Apple case in US hasn’t end yet. An injunction hearing is set for September 20th where we will get to know the list of Samsung products that will be banned from sale in the US, and now, based on this verdict; it is very likely that most of them will be banned in the US.
In the interview from 1995, late founder Steve Jobs said that, “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”