Federal Jury Rules For Apple In Samsung Lawsuit, But Is it A Victory?
A federal jury has awarded Apple almost $120 million in a patent infringement lawsuit against main competitor Samsung. But the award is a fraction of the $2.2 billion in damages the company was seeking, and is not the decisive victory Apple was seeking against Samsung, which produces most of the devices that use the rival Android operating system developed by Google.
“This amount is less than 10 percent of the amount Apple requested, and probably doesn’t surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating this case,” said Brian Love, assistant professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, to Reuters.
In addition, the jury also awarded a much smaller sum to Samsung, of $158,400.
Apple claimed that Samsung had stolen features including swipe-to-unlock and word correction. Samsung alternately accused that Apple had illegally used features like using mobile broadband for video calls, and sending videos and through email and text.
Samsung also argued that some of what Apple claimed was its intellectual property was actually first invented by Google, and called some Google executives to testify. This further tied Google into the lawsuit, after it had earlier agreed to pay some of Samsung’s legal fees.
Samsung and Apple have battled over intellectual property in courts around the world for three years now, in cases that have earned the ire of both the tech sector and jurists.
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[via USA Today]