Verdict issued in Historic Samsung Vs. Apple trial—Big Win for Apple
Like everyone else, we’ve been keeping an eye on this Samsung Vs. Apple trial ever since it entered the courtroom a few weeks ago. And as we delivered the blow by blow, it was hard to ignore the pile of evidence growing on Apple’s behalf. From icon rip-offs, missed opportunities to license, and much more, Samsung’s lifeline grew ever slimmer. And then came the verdict, in which we’ve just discovered that the 9-person jury pretty much saw it the way we did. The final damage tally in favor of Apple? $1,051,855,000.
As you’d expect, the verdict form in a case like this doesn’t read as “guilty” or “not guilty.” Instead, the jury members had to slog through 109 pages of instructions as they sought to determine if Samsung had infringed on Apple’s patents. Not a single one of the devices withstood the test, and Samsung will be paying up for devices such as the Prevail, Infused 4G, Mesmerize, Replenish, and Transform (no word on whether or not their penalty will be increased due to those horrendous gadget names).
So let’s review. Apple initially sued for $2.5 billion and ended up with well over $1 billion awarded to them. In response to the original request, Samsung had countersued for $519 million. It’s no surprise that they didn’t get a penny of that, seeing as the infringement charges associated with multiple devices were deemed to be willful.
There will undoubtedly be more we want to share on this topic, and it will come to light as we comb through the verdict form and gather new details about what went on in that courtroom… But let’s not forget how big this victory is for Tim Cook, who just reach the 1-year mark in his position as Apple CEO. Cook’s memo to the company following the verdict reiterates how the monetary aspect of this trial was secondary—a statement that could only be believed when it comes from the CEO of a company like Apple, where cash is in abundance…
“Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere…
We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. We value innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy…
The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
I am very proud of the work that each of you do.
Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.