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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.
 
Tim

Sources: The New York Times, Twitter



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RE: And they call this justice
By Reclaimer77 on 8/25/2012 9:58:24 AM , Rating: 2
The U.S Anti-Doping committee shouldn't even exist. Why do we need a tax payer funded Government organization like this? On the national level? Why?

Secondly they have no authority to make "charges" against someone. They are not law enforcement. So they accuse him of something, and when he doesn't "fight" it, they assume he's guilty by default. Maybe he's tired of fighting rumors and suspicions? His record should speak for itself!

He's been tested thousands of times and passed them all. Blood, urine, the works. It's not even physically possible that he was "doping" to win all those races, so get a clue.

Damn right this is a witch hunt with nothing behind it but hearsay. Your line of thinking is dangerous and stupid. This isn't a court of law, and in America a man is innocent until proven guilty by one.

"Keeping it real" doesn't include stupidity. You're a dumbass, THAT is keeping it real.


RE: And they call this justice
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/25/2012 12:47:13 PM , Rating: 2
For once, I agree 100% with Reclaimer. Imagine that...


RE: And they call this justice
By Reclaimer77 on 8/25/2012 12:57:29 PM , Rating: 1
lol that is not "for once". We've agreed on lots of stuff.


RE: And they call this justice
By BSMonitor on 8/27/2012 10:07:01 AM , Rating: 2
But as always Brandon, Reclaimer is still "right".

Even when he is obviously proven wrong:

-Patent ‘889 (iPad design – specifically, “clean front, edge-to-edge glass, thin bezel, thin outer border, and rounded corners”): On this patent, Samsung and its Galaxy Tab devices were determined to not have infringed on Apple’s patent, although monetary rewards were yielded to Apple — something that has been called to the court’s attention and is being reviewed.


RE: And they call this justice
By Azethoth on 8/25/2012 8:17:25 PM , Rating: 2
Amen brother on the useless government committee. If the government pays/subsidizes something like baseball then fine regulate away. But stay the hell out of cycling. It has nothing to do with you.

On the real side of things I can only tell you what my sister who cycles almost professionally has to say: The Lance Armstrong that cycled after he came back from nut cancer in no way resembles the Lance from before. The improvements were ... extraordinary.

Personally though I do not give a damn, Lance is innocent of all charges and the greatest cyclist ever!


RE: And they call this justice
By Reclaimer77 on 8/26/2012 1:00:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The Lance Armstrong that cycled after he came back from nut cancer in no way resembles the Lance from before.


I'm sure some want to point to this as evidence of doping, but that's really jealousy. Why would he wait until he's nearly out of his cycling prime to start cheating?

I've never faced death the way Armstrong has, but I hear it changes a man.

quote:
Lance is innocent of all charges and the greatest cyclist ever!


100% correct. It's just abhorrent to me that we live in a society like this. If all it takes is the word of someone else to strip someone of their achievements, what's the point of all that drug testing? Why even have them if you can pass literally thousands of them without a single failure, and still get punished?


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