- Almost every Samsung device infringes on three of Apple's software patents, including scrollback and tap to zoom.
- Many of Samsung's devices infringe on Apple's overall design patents. In essence, Samsung copied the look and feel of Apple's devices.
- Samsung was unable to provide clear and convincing evidence that Apple's utility and design patent claims are invalid.
- The Jury found that Samsung willfully violated five of Apple's six patents.
- Samsung is guilty of diluting Apple's trade dress patents. Essentially, Samsung's designs caused consumer confusion.
- Samsung violated the Sherman Antitrust Act through its monopolization of the UMTS cell standard in certain markets.
- Apple found not guilty of infringing on any of Samsung's patent claims with the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4. Apple owes $0 to Samsung in damages. On the other hand...
So, what does this mean for the consumer? Well, not much in the short term. It's unclear how quickly these infringements will result in injunctions that limit the sale of many of Samsung's devices, but Apple will probably seek them sooner rather than later (updated below with injunction hearing date).
In the long run, it can be interpreted as both good and bad. On one hand, Apple has basically forced Samsung to do original innovating. This means that we will probably see some new designs and features coming out of Samsung's camp. Of course, many of the software patents Samsung is guilty of violating, like tap to zoom, also span across every Android device. This means that we're likely to certain gestures and UI implementations change across the operating system as a whole.
On the other hand, the rulings in this case can be seen as somewhat of a loss for the American consumer. The jury basically affirmed that something as simple as a rectangle with rounded corners can be patented and enforced. Unfortunately, many are going to blame Apple for trying to stifle competition with lawsuits like this. The only problem is that Apple has to enforce these patents if they want to keep them. So, not only was this trial eye-opening in regards to competition between Apple and Samsung, but it really sheds light on a fundamentally broken patent system.
Nevertheless, this is a huge win for Apple. Only time will tell how the ripple effects of this trial will change the technology industry.
Update: On 8/27. Apple revealed which Samsung devices it will try to injunct in the US:
- Galaxy S 4G
- Galaxy S2 (AT&T)
- Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket)
- Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile)
- Galaxy S2 Epic 4G
- Galaxy S Showcase
- Droid Charge
- Galaxy Prevail
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