The first infringement lawsuit trial between the two giants was in 2012 and it was won by Apple. Samsung was supposed to pay Apple $1 billion dollars, but the judge reduced the sum of money to $890.
Apple Samsung Trial – Round Two
Apple and Samsung are in the middle of their second patent infringement trial after they failed reach a consensus. The mediation was court-mandated and it was hoped that they could settle it outside court. Of course that didn’t happen.
The trial began on March 31st when the jury for the trial was selected and is expected to last a month. Apple is seeking $2 billion in damages from Samsung because they’ve allegedly violated some of its patents.
In short, Apple stated that Samsung copied the iPhone and that Samsung’s development process included the very action of copying the iPhone. Samsung responded by saying that Apple was grossly exaggerating.
Apple’s head of marketing, Phil Shiller, testified yesterday, April 1st, by saying that Samsung’s copying makes people question Apple’s innovation. There are five patents that Apple believes Samsung has infringed upon, among which the slide to unlock function and data syncing between devices. There are no hardware patents part of the case, but Samsung is counter-suing over two patents.
The patents Apple is claiming Samsung has violated occur is the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 which were released in 2012.
Doesn’t this Apple Samsung trial sound like a childish feud? What are your thoughts on the matter?