Last week, a jury in the Northern District of Calfornia found that Samsung willfully infringed a number of Apple’s patents in the ongoing mobile phone wars. The jury also found that Samsung infringed Apple’s trade dress in some of its phones. The jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages. Samsung had countersued Apple for infringement of its own patents. The jury found that Apple did not infringe Samsung’s patents.
At this point, the win seems rather complete for Apple in the case. The district court will next entertain post-trial motions related to an injunction against future infringement by Samsung, as well as Samsung’s motions to overturn the jury verdict or obtain a new trial. A hearing on injunctive relief is scheduled for September 20.
As expected, Apple praised the verdict in its press release, while Samsung indicated it would continue to fight the case in court. Samsung characterized the verdict as a loss for consumers.
The companies are litigating not only in the US, but in other countries as well. A South Korean court had earlier decided that both companies infringed each other’s patents.