Apple awarded over $1bn in epic US patent trial against Samsung

Apple awarded over $1bn in epic US patent trial against Samsung

Samsung was dealt a blow late last night when the jury in its patent case against Apple ruled in favour of the Cupertino-based company on a number of key claims and awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages – that’s in excess of £630 million in old money.

Samsung, meanwhile, lost its patent claims and was not awarded any damages.

The jury found that Samsung infringed on a number of Apple design and utility patents with a variety of its devices, from the Fascinate to the Galaxy S2. Samsung prevailed on some of the devices in question, but it lost on many more.

The jury found that Samsung willfully infringed on five of the six Apple patents in question, and awarded $1.05 billion in total damages.

Those damages covered infringement on devices like the Samsung Epic 4G, Captivate, Galaxy S2, Indulge, the Vibrant, and more – not all of which are available in the UK.

Jurors debated for several days before returning their verdict around 23:00 GMT last night. Given the scope of the case, it took just about a half hour for the entire verdict to be read.

Lawyers for both sides are currently reviewing the verdict before Judge Lucy Koh will allow the jury to leave. Stay tuned for more details on the verdict and its implications.

The case dates back to April 2011, when Apple sued Samsung for “slavishly” copying the iPhone and iPad with its Galaxy lineup of devices. Samsung countersued and the case has since spread to dozens of courts around the globe. Apple has had some success in getting the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab banned in various regions, but it is the California trial that had everyone watching.

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