updated 09:25 am EDT, Sat August 25, 2012
Near-total victory by Apple illustrated by form
The jury verdict form in the Apple versus Samsung patent trial has been released. The complete verdict shows clearly the magnitude of the toll the jury has exacted on the Korean manufacturer. Both sides vow to fight on, both in appeals courts in the United States, as well as the ongoing international battles.
The first block, the '381 patent, addresses the "bounce-back" feature. Bounce-back occurs when you scroll beyond the end of an image or document, During the trial, Samsung design emails pointed to this feature as "adding fun for the user."
The second category, the '915 patent is familiar to users as the two-finger "pinch to zoom" gesture on images or documents. While this user interface convention is now common in smartphones, Apple does own the patent on it. All but two Samsung devices were found to infringe on this patent.
Another user interface convention, the '163 "tap to zoom" patent often seen when a user taps on an area of a web page to enlarge and center that section, is third. Five devices were found to not infringe this patent, but 13 were found infringing, including the Galaxy Tab and Tab 10.1, named in a separate suit as infringing against Apple patents.
The 'D677 and 'D087 patents cover design elements on the iPhone, such as the bezel, and general layout of the phone. Patent 'D889 addresses the overall industrial design of a tablet. The design verdicts were a mixed bag for Apple. None of Samsung's devices infringed on tablet design elements, with Samsung infringing on about hlaf of Apple's phone design patents.
Analysts have a lot to say on the verdict and the future of the case. Stanford University law professor Mark Lemley said that the verdict will be "hard to dislodge." He added that it was "clear the jury took their job very seriously."
Hastings College of Law Professor Robin Feldman called the decision "a strong win for Apple," but predicted that "the war between the parties will go on." Feldman's quote refers to the ongoing battles internationally between the two companies in eight other countries currently, with another large patent battle between Samsung and Apple scheduled for next summer.
Samsung issued a statement decrying the verdict as a "loss for the American consumer." The smartphone manufacturer lamented not only today's verdict, but also the current patent environment -- questioning the legitimacy of Apple's design patents and vowing to press forward in other cases but stopping short of saying it would appeal, though that is likely.
Apple hailed the jury's decision, saying it sent "a loud and clear message that stealing isn't right." Apple's statement drew attention to "the mountain of evidence presented during the trial," and said that Samsung's copying went "far deeper than even we knew."
The win is still a clear victory for Apple's case, but as Samsung notes in its statement, the decision affects only the American market for now. Hours before the US verdict, a South Korean court banned a number of Apple and Samsung products, finding that both companies had infringed on patents.
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