The jury announced the verdict in the landmark trial between Apple and Samsung few hours back. The verdict was heavily in Apple’s favor with the jury finding Samsung guilty of infringing on almost all Apple patents and concluding that Apple did not infringe on Samsung’s wireless communication technology patents.
The jury also ordered Samsung to pay Apple over $1 billion in damages.
New York Times has got the early reaction to the news from Apple and Samsung.
Apple’s spokesperson Katie Cotton issued the following statement:
We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trail showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
Meanwhile, Samsung issued the following statement:
Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.
Apple was seeking $2.5 billion in damages, while Samsung’s was demanding $500 million in its countersuit.