Monday, August 27, 2012

Apple Obtains $1 Billion Verdict Against Samsung

After a four-week trial and three days of deliberation, a jury in the Northern District of California returned a verdict last Friday afternoon in favor of Apple and against Samsung. Highlights include:
  •  Samsung infringed six Apple patents (three utility, three design).
  • Apple’s patents were not invalid.
  • In most cases, Samsung’s infringement was willful.
  • Samsung found liable for trade dress infringement but not for breach of contract or antitrust claims.
  • Apple’s damages for patent infringement and trade dress dilution combined was $1,049,343,540. (Apple sought damages of $2.5 to 2.75 billion.)
  • Apple did not infringe six Samsung patents. (Samsung sought $421 million for alleged infringement.)
  • None of Samsung’s five patents were invalid, but two were unenforceable due to exhaustion.
  • Hearing on permanent injunction is currently set for September 20, 2012 but is subject to change.
Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et. al., 5-11-cv-01846 (CAND August 24, 2012, Verdict).

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