Apple vs. Samsung : Clash of the Titans

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The Clash was official launched in August 2012 when a jury found Samsung guilty of infringing six Apple patents.The verdicts of $1bn awarded in damages was one of the largest payout of this kind and represented an important victory for Apple.

However, US District Judge Lucy Koh ordered a retrial because it appeared that the jury might have miscalculated the amount Samsung had to pay. $550m of the award had been worked out properly but the remaining $450m had to be reassessed. That remaining amount could be increased or lowered after proper calculation. Samsung is expected to appeal.

During last week trial, Apple argued that Samsung had copied its design for the bodies of the original iPhone and iPad as well as user-interface elements such as the bounce-back response when a person scrolls beyond the end of list and tap-to-zoom. On the other hand, Samsung claimed that the company
had been working on rounded rectangular handset dominated by a screen and a single button months before the iPhone was revealed. It sought $519m in damages from Apple.

Few days after the beginning of the trial, The jury ruled in favour of Apple. Samsung will have to pay $290 million more in damages for violating patents. This figures comes on top of the $550m Samsung already owes Apples. So far, Apple has been awarded close to $930m. 

In its statement, Apple said that the case  “has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love.” And added, “While it’s impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost.”

The Clash of the Titan is far from coming to an end.


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