Second Apple v. Samsung Patent Trial Ends With A Partial Victory For Apple, But Far From What It Wanted

from the fizzled-out dept

The second round of Apple v. Samsung patent battles hasn't received quite the same attention, and it appears that it mostly fizzled out with the jury as well. In a late Friday verdict, Apple technically won on two patents which the jury found Samsung infringed. However, three others it found that Samsung did not infringe. Meanwhile, Apple was found to have infringed on one of Samsung's patents. Apple had asked for $2.2 billion -- but the jury awarded it just $119.6 million. Still a significant sum, but only 5% of what Apple was seeking. As Joe Mullin notes:
While Apple "won" this trial, Apple simply lost on damages. There's the best way to describe a number that's such a low proportion of what it was seeking.

From the trial's very beginning, Apple lawyers said that the whole purpose of Samsung presenting two patents of its own and asking for the "small" sum of $6 million was a cynical one: to convince the jurors that patents aren't worth that much.

If that was Samsung's goal—today's verdict is "mission accomplished." Considering litigation at this level is something of a war of attrition; Samsung has shown that it can basically fight Apple to a standstill. It's doubtful that $120 million would cover Apple's legal bill for even this litigation, much less the whole worldwide patent war it launched.
Now, can we go back to actually competing in the marketplace? Eh, doubtful. This isn't over yet.
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  1. identicon
    David, 3 May 2014 @ 5:22am

    Re: Rock solid priorities. Sandstone to be specific

    Throwing money at "research and development" is not what Apple does. That's the kind of thing Samsung did, coming out with a dozen different products to choose from nobody gets excited about all that much.

    What Apple does is figure out which of the dozen products has the best chance for getting traction, then they improve it for a year or two totally in secret, and then they make a big spectacular launch for just that single product that all fanboys then lock onto.

    That's the actual problem about their patent sprees: they don't actually have technology which they developed to lock onto. They focus their patents of the 1-2 years of finetuning they did.

    And they are right that they are in part responsible for creating a market focused on a particular product (that has been basically available before). But that does not mean that they get to own that market by law.

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