Apple annihilates Samsung in patent war

Apple won a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung last week. A San Jose jury found Samsung had violated six of Apple’s patents and awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages.

The jury came up with its verdict so quickly, it left some wondering if they understood what they were doing in a case involving complex patent issues and more than a hundred pages of judge’s notes. Some jury members said they’d already made a decision at the beginning of the trail. The verdict, in favor of Apple Inc., awarded the company $1.5 billion to be paid by Samsung.

Apple has also asked that eight Samsung products be taken off the US market: the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail. Apple’s stock jumped after the settlement while Samsung shares fell.

Samsung is not going to take this laying down. The South Korean company is already working on reversing and has already noted inconsistencies in the verdict form. Samsung is not the only company worried about what Apple’s win could mean for the future of innovation. Many others are calling for a reform of the whole patent system.

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