Samsung vs. Apple verdict: Samsung to pay $120 million, Apple $160,000

May 3, 2014
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The jury has reached a verdict….

After roughly a full month of testimony, the jury deliberated for 2 days and reached the following conclusion:
Apple is to be rewarded $119.6 million while Samsung has been rewarded $158,400. For Samsung, that’s much lower than the $6 million they had originally sought.

The courts determined that Samsung infringed on the following Apple patents:

  • 5,946,647 – Patent that allows links to open other apps. I.e. if you click on an email link in Facebook and it opens the email application.
  • 8,046,721 – The slide to unlock patent.
  • 8,074,172 – Word completion and autocorrect.

On the other side of the fence, Apple was found to have infringed on the following Samsung patent:

  • 6,226,449 – Camera and photo organization technology.

Neither company got all the patents they wanted. Samsung tried getting patent 5,579,239 (a video transmission patent) and failed while Apple lost out on their background sync and universal search patents.

Apple originally sought an absurd $2.2 billion for Samsung’s “patent infringements.” Luckily the jury decided that these claims were grossly exaggerated. However, the money Apple has been awarded thus far is not finalized. The courts must still determine how much to tack on for damages caused by the Samsung Galaxy S II and that is scheduled for early next week.

As Engadget noted, there will likely be appeals filed on both sides so this may not be the end-all-be-all for this case. Could Apple or Samsung overturn their respective verdicts or is this a fair ruling? Let us know what you think.

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