May 2, 2014 9:28 pm
The long and drawn out court room battle between Apple and Samsung has once again come to a close. After several months of both camps claiming that ideas were copied or stolen, the jury — consisting of four men and four women — declared today that both companies violated each others patents.
Heading into the case Apple was seeking $2.2 billion in damages and Samsung to the tune of $38 million. Samsung violated a number of Apple’s patents and awarded the Cupertino-based company over $119.6 (USD) million in damages. On the other hand, Apple violated Samsung’s patents but the damages were far less at $158,400.
Samsung infringed on patent 5,946,647, which is for “data detectors” that transforms typed text into actionable links; patent 8,046,721 that is for the “slide to unlock” feature on some devices; and patent 8,074,172 that represents how autocorrect suggests words.
As for Apple’s infringements, Samsung patent 5,579,239 that hones in on the ability to stream video during FaceTime/video calls.
In a statement to Re/code, Apple noted that “We are grateful to the jury and the court for their service. Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: That Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products. We are fighting to defend the hard work that goes into beloved products like the iPhone, which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers.”