In a verdict that could have major implications for the future of
smartphones and tablet computers, a federal jury decided Friday that
Samsung ripped off the innovative technology used by Apple to create its revolutionary iPhone and iPad.
was awarded damages of nearly $1.05 billion by the nine-person jury,
which took less than three days to sort through the complex
patent-infringement claims the companies had brought against each other,
seeking a total of nearly $3 billion. It was the first lawsuit to go
before a U.S. jury in what has become a multinational battle for
dominance of the global smartphone market.
It is too soon to tell just what the full consequences of the verdict
might be. But if upheld, it could lead to a ban on some Samsung
products in the United States, and potentially to Samsung and Android
phone makers being forced to withdraw and redesign their phones to
better distinguish them from Apple products.
“It’s going to make it very difficult for not only Samsung, but for other companies to mimic the Apple products,” said Robert Barr, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at UC Berkeley..