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    Apple triumphs over Samsung, awarded over $1 billion damages

    SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - Apple Inc. scored a sweeping legal victory over Samsung on Friday as a U.S. jury found the Korean company had copied critical features of the hugely popular iPhone and iPad and awarded the U.S. company $1.051 billion in damages.
    The verdict -- which came much sooner than expected -- could lead to an outright ban on sales of key Samsung products and will likely solidify Apple's dominance of the exploding mobile computing market.
    A number of companies that sell smartphones based on Google's Android operating system may now face further legal challenges from Apple, a company that is already among the largest and most profitable in business history.
    Shares in Apple, which just this week became the biggest company by market value in history, climbed almost 2 percent to a record high of $675 in after-hours trade.
    Brian Love, a Santa Clara law school professor, described it as a crushing victory for Apple: "This is the best-case scenario Apple could have hoped for."
    The jury deliberated for less than three days before delivering the verdict on seven Apple patent claims and five Samsung patent claims -- suggesting that the nine-person panel had little difficulty in concluding that Samsung had copied the iPhone and the iPad.
    Billions of dollars in future sales hang in the balance.
    Apple's charges that Samsung copied its designs and features are widely viewed as an attack on Google Inc and its Android software, which drives Samsung's devices and has become the most-used mobile software.
    Apple and Samsung, two companies that sell more than half the world's smartphones and tablets, have locked legal horns in several countries this year.
    Earlier on Friday, a South Korean court found that both companies shared blame, ordering Samsung to stop selling 10 products including its Galaxy S II phone and banning Apple from selling four different products, including its iPhone 4.
    But the trial on Apple's home turf -- the world's largest and most influential technology market -- is considered the most important.
    The fight began last year when Apple sued Samsung in multiple countries, accusing the South Korean company of slavishly copying the iPhone and iPad. Samsung countersued. Apple had sought more than $2.5 billion in damages from Samsung, which has disputed that figure.
    The companies are rivals, but also have a $5 billion-plus supply relationship. Apple is Samsung's biggest customer for microprocessors and other parts central to Apple's devices.
    A NEAR CLEAN SWEEP?
    The U.S. jury spent most of August in a packed federal courtroom in San Jose -- just miles from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino -- listening to testimony, examining evidence and watching lawyers from both sides joust about seven Apple patents, five Samsung patents, and damage claims.
    Jurors received 100 pages of legal instructions from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on August 21 prior to hearing the closing arguments from attorneys.
    Lawyers from both tech giants used their 25 hours each of trial time to present internal emails, draw testimony from designers and experts, and put on product demonstrations and mockups to convince the jury.
    At times, their questions drew testimony that offered glimpses behind the corporate facade, such as the margins on the iPhone and Samsung's sales figures in the United States.
    From the beginning, Apple's tactic was to present what it thought was chronological evidence of Samsung copying its phone.
    Juxtaposing pictures of phones from both companies and internal Samsung emails that specifically analyzed the features of the iPhone, Apple's attorneys accused Samsung of taking shortcuts after realizing it could not keep up.
    Samsung's attorneys, on the other hand, maintained Apple had no sole right to geometric designs such as rectangles with rounded corners. They called Apple's damage claim "ridiculous" and urged the jury to consider that a verdict in favor of Apple could stifle competition and reduce choices for consumers.
    The California trial has produced its share of drama and heated moments. Lawyers routinely bickered over legal matters in the jury's absence, filed rafts of paperwork to thwart each other's courtroom strategy, and sometimes even resorted to public relations tactics to make their views known.
    (Additional reporting by Dan Levine, Poornima Gupta and Edwin Chan,; Editing by Bernard Orr, Jonathan Weber, Leslie Gevirtz, Gary Hill)



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    You have got to be kidding, that's a lot of money. Not a fan of apple to begin with, this just makes everything worse.
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    It's just ridiculous. Apple has been $#@!ing alot recently. They say the curvy angle of iPhone is something that Apple only has the right to use. LOL. It's like saying cars with doors are only should be produced with Ford badge, others should come up with a new idea!
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
    It's just ridiculous. Apple has been $#@!ing alot recently. They say the curvy angle of iPhone is something that Apple only has the right to use. LOL. It's like saying cars with doors are only should be produced with Ford, others should come up with a new idea!
    Well if Ford had the patent on car doors then no one could make the same doors. Click here to enlarge
    I agree - it's lame and only hurts the consumer in the long run. Very bad precedent to set IMO.

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    $#@! apple they can suck my dick.

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    Android 4 life, thinking about picking up the new incredible 4g lte today. Anyone have it?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by blkclk550 Click here to enlarge
    $#@! apple they can suck my dick.
    They used to be good, when they were focusing on technology, innovations etc... But not anymore.

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    This verdict most likely will not stay. Apple is already hurrying along to get an injunction against Samsung to try and ban the sale of some of their products but this ruling is quickly unraveling to be a farce of a decision. Some of the jurors have been speaking out, and they have revealed that they had already reached a decision that Samsung was guilty before they actually received their instructions on how to rule on this case.

    Also they made a bunch of mistakes in favor of Apple which the judge had to tell them to go back and fix. For instance they awarded money to Apple for the devices that they themselves said didn't infringe on any Apple products? Click here to enlarge

    There was a lot of paperwork to go over, and a lot of the people in the tech community, and law are a bit stunned how quickly this jury was able to get a verdict. Looks like they rushed over everything so they can enjoy some of that summer sun.

    Read more about this here and you'll start thinking how these people figured out how to breathe consistently: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s...12082510525390
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    These jurors also found that this phone, the Epic 4g which looks nothing like any iPhone I've ever seen has infringed on Apple's patents:

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    But this tablet here, which does look a lot like an iPad didn't infringe on any of Apples patents.

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    The jury had 700 questions to answer and it was calculated that at their current speed of the verdict they spent about 1.82 minutes on each of the questions, also not going back over them to check for inconsistencies. So the jury has a responsibility of not flying through the evidence, but apparently they did. Doesn't sound like a fair deliberation to me at all.
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    i can't believe they won... that's like saying they were the first to make a candy bar type phone...
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    This just pisses me off even more, and I'm already always pissed off at everything. We are surrounded be retards, retards everywhere.
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    Jurors sounds like morons.

    OP needs to be spaced better.

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    i am getting rid of all of my Apple devices.

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    ^ Why?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    ^ Why?
    because they are bunch of $#@!s

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Jurors sounds like morons.

    OP needs to be spaced better.
    Not to be picky but since you mentioned it I thought ( when I first saw this ) Op should've been a brief summary followed by, 'read more here' and the link to the article.

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    Apple Inc. scored a sweeping legal victory over Samsung on Friday as a U.S. jury found the Korean company had copied critical features of the hugely popular iPhone and iPad and awarded the U.S. company $1.051 billion in damages.
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    could lead to an outright ban on sales of key Samsung products

    Full article ( link here )





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