Jury finds Samsung guilty of infringement; awards Apple $119.6 million

Jeremiah Yap – Fourth Estate Cooperative Writer

San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – Add another chapter to the Samsung vs. Apple patent battle. A federal jury on Friday ruled in favor of Apple and awarded the Cupertino-based company $119.6 million in damages. The jury ruled that Samsung infringed on two patents. The first patent (’647) infringement is related is the address phone number quick links. The second patent (’721) infringement is the slide-to-unlock patent.

“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,” Apple said in a statement.

The Galaxy Admire, Galaxy Nexus, and Stratosphere were the Samsung devices found to have infringed on said patents. But there’s still good news for Samsung. The jury also cited three iPhone models and iPod touch as devices that infringed on Samsung’s patents on photo and video gallery features.

For Apple’s infringement, the jury awarded Samsung $158, 400 in damages. Apple was originally seeking $2.2 billion in damages, while Samsung countered that Apple owed them $38 million in infringement damages.

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