Apple Wins Patent Infringment Lawsuit Against Samsung, Demands Samsung Phones Be Pulled Off the Market
How do you secure your spot as the top smartphone company in the world? If you're Apple, apparently, you claim patent infringement and sue the pants off of your competition.
On Friday, a jury found Samsung guilty of multiple Apple patent infringements, including such smartphone standards as enlarging text, home screens, and even the design of the phone itself.
Jurors found that on the screen bounce-back patent, Samsung infringed on all phones and tablets. On patent 915, pinch and zoom, the jury found Samsung infringed with all but three devices.
Samsung violated the design patent for the front of the iPhone for all but one phone, according to the jury. On the home screen patent, Samsung violated with all phones, the jury found. Samsung did not violate one particular Apple iPad patent that covers its design, the jury found.
Samsung said in a statement: "Today's verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer."
After the verdicts were read, the judge sent the jury back to deliberate further on two inconsistencies involving about $2.5 million in damages awarded to Apple based on products jurors found didn't infringe Apple's patents. Those deliberations were continuing.
But Samsung's troubles don't stop there. Now, Apple is taking it one step further, demanding that eight different Samsung smartphone phones be pulled off the shelves.
Apple has asked the court for injunctions on Samsung's Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 (AT&T), Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail. Apple earlier was granted an injunction banning Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
Legal experts say people who already own these devices shouldn't worry about the outcome affecting them or their warranties.
Samsung will now have to either pay Apple licensing fees to use their designs, or they will have to come up with a brand new kind of smartphone.
Now, I know the anti-Apple people are going to rush in to tray and demonize Apple. I've been hearing things already along the lines of "Apple's just a heartless bully!" or "They're so greedy! It's not like they need the money!" But when you put the bias aside and really look at the situation, it has nothing to do with money or being a bully. Whether you love or hate Apple, they're the ones who first patented the designs. So really all they're doing is what any business would do: protecting the integrity of their product. I can't fault them for that.
However, this decision will have a major impact on the smartphone market. Samsung's certainly not the only company to have iPhone-esque elements on their smartphones. Will Apple go after those companies as well? Probably only if they get close to outselling Apple...