Samsung Will Have to Pay Apple $120 MillionAdded: Thursday, May 8th, 2014
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A US jury has recently ordered Samsung to pay almost $120 million to Apple for smartphone patent violations, though it is much less than iPhone-maker initially wanted and marked a big loss for Apple in the latest round of the two companies’ litigation.
Apple have accusing Samsung of violating patents on smartphone features for a while now, trying to claim it was Steve Jobs who invented everything. In response, Samsung denied wrongdoing. In result of one of the trials, which took place in the United States, the jury found Samsung infringed two Apple patents.
The two companies have been fighting in courts across the globe for several years now. Jurors awarded Apple about $930 million after a trial in the US two years ago, but the company failed to persuade American district judge to issue a permanent injunction against the sale of Samsung phones in the United States.
Industry experts think that Apple is just trying to curtail the rapid growth of phones based on Google’s rival Android software. It is known that Samsung was by far the largest adopter of this mobile OS. Despite the fact that this verdict is large compared to others, it can’t be regarded as a victory for Apple. The matter is that this award is less than 10% of the amount Apple requested, and may even not surpass the amount of money the company spent litigating this case.
The latest lawsuit involves 5 Apple patents that weren’t at issue at that trial two years ago and cover such iPhone features as slide-to-unlock and search technology. The iPhone-maker had sought to ban sales of a number of Samsung phones, including the Galaxy S3, and demanded over $2 billion in damages.
Apple claimed that the recent ruling reinforced its stance that Samsung stole its ideas and copied its products. This situation led some experts to question if patent litigation was a viable strategy, as it can be abused and hinder innovation. The supporters of this point of view believe that litigation can help innovators protect their IP and benefit from it.
Samsung argued that Apple had exaggerated the importance of its iPhone features, while Apple argued that the Korean company couldn’t have competed in the smartphone market without copying iPhone.
In the trial two years ago, by the way, it was also found that Apple had infringed one of Samsung’s patents, and the Galaxy-maker was awarded $158,400.
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Thursday, May 8th, 2014
|posted by (2014-05-08 15:10:00)|
|crapple are the worst phones ever they look ok but man there attitude towards consumer's is deplorable and i suppose steve job's invented the world next lol|
|i'll stick to my nokia 3310, crapple and samsung are as bad as each other..|
|posted by (2014-05-08 20:24:41)|
|yes.gimmick copies apple,hate samsung(gimmick)plastic shit.|
|Microsoft copied Apple's desktop and settled out of court. Everyone who uses that type of GUI is taking from Apple's idea, even Linux, but Linux has no money so they don't get sued.|
|Having used both Android and Crapple's iPhone (thanks AnybOdy..I'm gonna use that from now on)I can safely say that Android is far more user friendly...case in point: Android does NOT make you log in to do anything on the phone (let alone play a single player/offline game) and as for those f'n hand gestures..I've lost more info because of that stupid feature than I care to remember. I pray that crapple someday get what they deserve...preferably an enema!|
|I would rather have a Schnapple than an Apple!|
|I do believe that apple company is fighting 'cause they are really afraid, but what can I do is to keep recommending to my students the use of software like Linux, by the way I have some galaxy devices but my main cellphone is a Nokia ASHA 210 LIGHTYEARS BETTER THAT iPHONE gggggg|
|This is pretty interesting. On the one hand every smart phone to come after apple pretty much looks exactly the same. However if no one could make anything like it, it would mean Apple was a monopoly and we'd have no other choices. What to do, what to do, what to do.||
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