The federal jury found Samsung guilty of violating a number of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent rights and recommended a payment of more than $1.05 billion in damages.
The federal jury delivered its verdict after deliberating the case in just 22 hours. An indication the jurors easily reached their decision, despite the complexity of the case. The legal counsels spent three weeks in a court hearing, defending their cases. Apple filed seven patent claims against Samsung and demanded $2.5 billion compensation. Samsung countered Apple’s allegations with five patent claims.
The jury’s verdict found Samsung in violation of six out of the seven patent claims by Apple. The jurors did not include the patent claim on the iPad. According to the jurors, Samsung willfully violated five patents, which could possibly increase the amount of compensation awarded to Apple.
Santa Clara law school professor Brian Love described the jury’s verdict as a crushing victory for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) . He commented, “This is the best-case scenario Apple could have hoped for.”
Stanford Law professor Mark Lemley also said the verdict is a huge win for Apple and it is the “largest surviving patent verdict in history.”
Both companies released statements regarding the jury’s decision. Apple expressed its appreciation to the jury for their services and time. The company said the lawsuit is not just about patents or money, but also values. Apple said, the court sent a “loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right,” and reiterated the numerous evidences, which proved Samsung copied its patents.
On the other hand, Samsung said the ruling is not good for consumers because it will result to “fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices.” They added, ” It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies.
Samsung further stated, “Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case, or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.”
The case in not yet over. Samsung is expected to appeal the jury’s verdict as stated in its statement.
Meanwhile, earlier on Friday, a South Korean court ruled in favor of Samsung in a related patent infringement case. District Court Judge Bae Jun-hyun ruled that Apple violated Samsung’s technical patents and ordered the company to pay its rival 40 million won. He also banned the sale of iPhone 3S, iPhone 4, and iPad 1 and 2 in the country.
Judge Bae also found Samsung in violation of one of Apple’s bounce-back patents and ordered Samsung to pay 25 million won in damages.
It looks like Friday is Apple’s lucky day. The U.S. International Trade Commission also ruled in its favor in another patent infringement complaint filed by Motorola Mobility. The Commission said Apple did not violate the two patents owned by the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) subsidiary.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock value surged up to as much as $675 per share after trading hours on Friday.