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Want to guess which company is breaking out the champagne tonight?

The jury reached a verdict today and they found Samsung guilty on multiple counts of infringing upon Apple design and software patents. While Apple was able to hold Samsung's feet to the fire on the majority of its utility patents, Samsung received no love from the jurors on its countersuit claims.
The jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1,051,855,000 USD ($1.05B USD) in damages. Apple owes Samsung absolutely nothing.

Apple CEO Tim Cook [Image Source: Paul Sakuma, Associated Press]

Not surprisingly, both Apple and Samsung have issued statements to the New York Times regarding the decision. First up, Apple:
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.
And now we have Samsung, which is clearly not pleased with the outcome of this case:
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.
And even though Microsoft had absolutely nothing to do with this trial (Microsoft can safely sit on the sidelines as a spectator), Bill Cox, senior director of Marketing Communications for Windows Phone, added his two cents in on the decision:

Considering Microsoft’s current position in the smartphone marketplace, we’re not quite sure it's “winning” in this case.

Updated 8/25/2012 @ 2:53am EST
9to5Mac has received an internal memo sent to Apple employees by Apple CEO Tim Cook. In the memo, which features similar wording to the statement issued by Apple after the ruling, Cook describes how taking Samsung to court wasn't about the "patents or money":

Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere.
Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than we knew.
The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
I am very proud of the work that each of you do.
Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.

Sources: The New York Times, Twitter

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RE: well
By TSS on 8/24/2012 9:42:57 PM , Rating: 5
Heh, well since the other news message of the guy having to pay $675,000 for downloading 30 songs, i wouldn't be so sure this case might still end up well.

Whatever way you spin it this is not a good day for the US justice system. Or the consumer.

RE: well
By Solandri on 8/25/2012 1:44:13 AM , Rating: 5
The problem is that too few people know about jury nullification. The judge instructs them to rule based on the letter of the law. That's what they did in the Tenenbaum case (with the $675k award). They don't know that if they feel the law is unjust or plain wrong, they can toss it and rule however they like. That's the next-to-last line of defense in the American legal system (last being the 2nd Amendment), but too few jurors know about it.

Whatever way you spin it this is not a good day for the US justice system. Or the consumer.

Obviously I got into the wrong career. Instead of an engineer, I should've become a patent attorney. I have several software and hardware ideas I'd like to develop into a product. There's nothing like them on the market right now, and I'm pretty confident they'd do well in their respective markets. But right now I am absolutely scared to death of being sued for infringing on some vague or obvious patent for what seems to be some fairly obvious ideas (application of already-existing technologies in one market into a different market). Even if you win, you lose because you have to pay your lawyer. I don't have enough cash reserves to fight a small business-threatening patent suit, and the last thing I want to do at my age is to get financially wiped out and have to start over.

RE: well
By Totally on 8/25/2012 2:28:24 AM , Rating: 2
Can't you simply have the guy who took you to court pay for your lawyer fees if you win the case.

RE: well
By Brazos on 8/25/2012 11:06:56 AM , Rating: 2
If you get called for jury selection and you don't want to be on it (personally, I love it)ask a question about jury nullification. They'll pass right over you.

RE: well
By ExarKun333 on 8/25/2012 12:54:16 PM , Rating: 1
Thats why they created corporations. Create your own and assign the patents. You are then not personally responsible.

RE: well
By xytc on 8/27/2012 6:26:25 AM , Rating: 4
Companies like Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Nokia and Motorola are in telecommunication business and some of them producing mobile phones since 1981.
From 1981 till 2007 all these companies have produced hundreds of mobile phones models and have sold billions of units worldwide before Apple was ever thinking of producing a mobile phone in 2007.
In contrast Apple was not a telecommunication company like the others and had zero history or research & development put in the field of developing mobile phones.
So in 2007 Apple just copied all the technology they could have found in all other mobile phones, smartphones and smart devices, and with all that stolen knowledge and technology they have created the iPhone.
Obviously they couldn't have been innovative in any way with their first mobile phone since all the technology was stolen from others, Apple's iPhone was nothing but a copycat.
If you wanna see what models of mobile phones, smartphones or smart devices did Apple just copied with their iPhone just check the following list of models that were produced way before the year 2007 when the first iPhone was released:
- remember the Compaq iPaq models released since year 2000 upwards
- then the old HP iPaq models released since year 2004 upwards, running on Windows Mobile featuring touchscreen displays with hand write recognition models: HP iPAQ h6320, HP iPAQ h6325, HP iPAQ rw6818, HP iPAQ rw6815, HP iPAQ rw6828
- Motorola models released since year 2004: Motorola A1000, Motorola A1010, Motorola ROKR E6, all smartphones with big touchscreen displays
- many HTC models based on Windows Mobile started from year 2002 upwards, including the first Windows Mobile phone released to marked, here are some model examples since year 2006: HTC P3300, HTC TyTN, HTC P3600 they are all smartphones with big touchscreen displays and hand write recognition
- in 2004 Samsung released a Windows Mobile phone model Samsung i700, again a smartphone with big touchscreen display
- Nokia Comunicator series released since 1998 models: Nokia 9000 Communicator, Nokia 9210i Communicator, Nokia 7710 touchscreen display, Nokia N95 they are all smartphones with big displays
- model from year 2006: LG KE850 Prada again with big touchscreen display
- model from year 2006: Philips S900
- models released since 2002 from Dell Axim X5 family:
Dell Axim X5
Dell Axim x50v
Dell Axim X30
- more models released since year 2002 upwards:
HP iPAQ hx4700
HP iPAQ rx3700
- all these smartphone models were made by HTC:
O2 XDA II mini
O2 XDA mini S
O2 XDA Neo
O2 XDA Exec
O2 XDA mini S
O2 XDA Trion
O2 XDA Orbit
Qtek S100
Qtek S110
Qtek 2020i
Qtek S200
Qtek 9000
Qtek 9090
Qtek 9100
Qtek 2020
Qtek 9600
Dopod 686
Dopod 818
Dopod 828
Dopod 818 Pro
Dopod 838
Dopod 838 Pro
Dopod D810/CHT 9100
Dopod D600
Dopod P860
i-mate JAM
i-mate JAMin
i-mate JASJAM
i-mate PDA2k
i-mate PDA2
i-mate K-JAM
i-mate Pocket PC
released in year 2004:
Orange SPV M500
T-Mobile MDA Compact
- released in year 2005:
Vodafone VPA Compact
Orange SPV M600
T-Mobile MDA Compact II
- released in year 2006:
Vodafone VPA Compact GPS
Orange SPV M650
Orange SPV M700
Orange SPV M3100
T-Mobile MDA Compact III
T-Mobile Wing
Cingular 8525

For the ignorants just check the above mentioned models to see how much iPhone resembles them in look and functionality.

Guys just keep in mind that there are many Apple employes which post pro Apple comments on sites like these trying to deceive people like you, they are among the biggest deceivers.
If you wanna know who is the biggest deceiver just read the Bible and you'll find that Satan is.
Ironically this doesn't seem to be the first time when Satan is using an Apple trying to deceive humanity.

RE: well
By Dr of crap on 8/27/2012 8:32:29 AM , Rating: 4
You had a good arguement going until you brought satan into the mix.
Now you look like some kind of wack job!

Tin hat? Voices in your head?? Anxoius?

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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