Last time we talked about the lawsuit of the year, the Apple vs Samsung trial, we were telling you that the two tech giants were in the middle of a new legal battle concerning patent infringement. Long story short, the trial started on March 31st because Apple stated that Samsung copied some of its iPhone features (the slide to unlock was one of them) and in return Samsung was counter-suing them over two of their patents. Basically it was a billion-dollar game of “I was here first”.
The legal battle is over and the Apple vs Samsung trial has come to a conclusion that apparently was beneficial for both parties. The jury determined last week that Samsung infringed Apple’s smartphone patents and has to pay them $120 million in damages. In return, the court also ruled that Apple copied some of Samsung’s patents and said that Apple should pay $158,000. Judging from the numbers, it’s not difficult to deduct who was the winning party. Apple initially wanted $2,2 billion worth of damages because of the patent infringements. Samsung was asking for $6 million after accusing Apple of copying two of their smathphone inventions: one was related to video transmission and the other one was camera related. This was not the first time the Apple vs Samsung trial has made the tech news. About two years ago, Samsung had to pay Apple more than $900 million for copying some of their technology in older devices, Samsung is still appealing that order.
Apple and Samsung have been caught up in a bitter war for dominance for the smartphone market, a market that is worth around $330 billion worldwide. Apple is biting its nails in frustration because Samsung is the world leader with a 31% share. Apple has gone down with 15% lately. The deliberations of the latest Apple vs Samsung trial began on April 29 and the jury consisted of four women and four men. During the trial that lasted almost a month, Apple argued that the most important features and functions that are on the Samsung smartphones were invented by Apple. Samsung defended itself saying that their phones run on Google Android operating system and that Google should be held responsible for any patent infringements. Much of Samsung’s testimony focused on Google, which wasn’t present at the trial.
Apple Vs Samsung Trial – Apple won $120 million, Samsung wins $158 thousand
What are your thoughts on the Apple vs Samsung trial? Do you agree with the outcome?