Judge Rules That Samsung Didn’t Willfully Copy Apple In Patent Case

The Samsung vs. Apple sage continues...

The Samsung vs. Apple sage continues…

Last summer, Apple won the biggest patent lawsuit in history against Samsung. After a long and tedious hearing, a California court ruled that Samsung had infringed on seven of Apple’s design patents. The jury for the trial decided that Samsung had willfully infringed five of the patents, which basically means that Samsung knew what it was doing when it tried to steal Apple’s mojo.

Samsung challenged the verdict, and Judge Lucy Koh has now ruled that Apple’s patents weren’t willfully infringed upon. This will save Samsung from having to pay Apple up to triple in damages on top of the $1+ billion it already owes.

This doesn’t mean that the case is over. There are still plenty of appeals to be made, and “Apple will presumably move at some point for an award of ongoing royalties for future use of its patents by Samsung,” according to FOSS Patents.

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  • lwdesign1

    If you were looking for proof that the courts system is completely arbitrary, here’s a good example. I fail to see how any observant, rational person could look at the early iPhone and all of its unique developments and not see that the ENTIRE smartphone market has grown out of Apple’s patented ideas being copied. The same thing happened when Microsoft copied key elements of the Mac OS and got away with it. Prior to Apple developing the first workable, patented graphic user interface (with windows, drop down menus, a mouse pointer, etc.) all computers were text/command line interfaces. Apple has pioneered so many developments in consumer electronics that have become “the obvious way to do it” for so many other companies.

    Samsung executives knew full well that they were copying Apple’s designs and technology as has been proven in court by their emails which specifically and repeatedly state that Samsung designs “need to be more iPhone-like”. To say that Samsung somehow didn’t know they were copying the iPhone is ridiculous. Judge Koh appears to not be able to visually compare the two phones in the photo above and see any similarity. To her, Samsung’s designers simultaneously came up with identical ideas. Horsehockey!

  • Robert X

    “Samsung challenged the verdict, and Judge Lucy Koh has now ruled that Apple’s patents weren’t willfully infringed upon.”

    That is totally insane. This case gets worse and worse.

  • Timothy Williamson

    Samsung’s 132 page, feature-by-feature comparison to the iPhone, wasn’t enough proof of willful infringement?

  • Applebestfruit

    If you were looking for proof that the courts system is completely arbitrary, here’s a good example. I fail to see how any observant, rational person could look at the early iPhone and all of its unique developments and not see that the ENTIRE smartphone market has grown out of Apple’s patented ideas being copied. The same thing happened when Microsoft copied key elements of the Mac OS and got away with it. Prior to Apple developing the first workable, patented graphic user interface (with windows, drop down menus, a mouse pointer, etc.) all computers were text/command line interfaces. Apple has pioneered so many developments in consumer electronics that have become “the obvious way to do it” for so many other companies.

    Samsung executives knew full well that they were copying Apple’s designs and technology as has been proven in court by their emails which specifically and repeatedly state that Samsung designs “need to be more iPhone-like”. To say that Samsung somehow didn’t know they were copying the iPhone is ridiculous. Judge Koh appears to not be able to visually compare the two phones in the photo above and see any similarity. To her, Samsung’s designers simultaneously came up with identical ideas. Horsehockey!

    Apple stole things from Windows and Android aswell. The difference is that they never gave a fuck. Apples design patents are ridiculous anyway. Having a patent on a tablet with rounded egdes is kinda like patenting a TV with round edges. It’s fucking retarded to say the least.

    Now of course no one on this site will admit that a lot of patents are dumb, because you are all Apple fanboys. And before anyone claims that Im a Android fanboy, im not. I have a Iphone 5 and a Ipad. I like Apples products but I hate the way they do their business these days. Instead of innovating they focus on bringing down all competition.

    By the way, Mac OS X is not something that Apple did themselves. It’s based on Unix and there’s a reason for that. OS 9 was a freaking mess, it was almost as bad as Windows Vista if not worse.

    Apple has inspired a lot of companies with their sleek design, but it’s not like Apple invented it.

    When the hell did everyone in the world become so obsessed about different companies? Why can’t you just use whatever the hell you like and stop arguing over god damn rectangles?

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