The Apple VS Samsung patent war is still on the go and it appears that Apple has just won another round as a US jury found Samsung guilty of infringing patents on some iPhone and iPad features. This time it’ll cost them $290 million bringing the company’s total debt to Apple up to $929.83 million but hey, at least it’s not $1 billion.
Things started going south last year when Samsung was found liable for $1 billion but the judge only awarded Apple $640 million and ordered a retrial for the rest.
This ruling has stemmed from a shape – a rectangle to be exact. Yes, apparently Apple owns the rectangle and can sue you pretty hard for using it. Other than Apple’s design patent on the rectangle, Samsung also infringed on a multi-touch gesture patent. It isn’t quite over yet though, Samsung will surely drag this out with an appeal but if the verdict upholds, then maybe we’ll see that ‘trucks full of penny’s‘ rumour come true after all.
Apple is clearly pleased with the ruling giving this statement: “For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love.”
On the flip side, Samsung isn’t so pleased: “We are disappointed by today’s decision, which is based in large part on a patent that the US Patent and Trademark Office has recently deemed invalid.”
Kitguru Says: I wish the patent war would just end already. Do you think Apple’s claims are justified? Or do you think it’s all a bit petty?
Source: The Inquirer