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article imageOp-Ed: Apple makes mincemeat out of Samsung, reaps $1 billion award

By Gar Swaffar     Aug 24, 2012 in Technology
Apple has largely prevailed over its rival Samsung, while Samsung was granted a reprieve of sorts in one of the largest technology lawsuits for patent infringement. Jury Awards $1 Billion to Apple.
Spoiler Alert: Apple beat Samsung (virtually) with a bricked iPhone. CNBC reports Apple won a major victory against Samsung and the verdict was announced today in the United States District Court. Jury Awards $1.05 billion windfall for Apple. Aftermarket close share prices, however, were up 1.77% for Apple and Samsung was down 0.93%.
And on the bright side for Samsung, the same jury found that the Samsung Tab 10.1 did not involve infringement against Apple, which leaves the South Korean tech giant with much of its high end product line intact.
The case against Samsung and the reciprocal case against Apple by Samsung began in April 2011 and has had lots of attention paid to it, since it involves both the iPad and iPhone designs which were the main drivers of the smartphone market for so long.
One of Apple's attorneys, Harold McElhinny, was quoted in the Star Tribune as stating Samsung was having a "crisis of design" after the 2007 launch of the iPhone, and executives with the South Korean company were determined to illegally cash in on the success of the revolutionary device.
It was perhaps inevitable for Apple to attack Samsung after Samsung took the lead away from Apple in smartphone manufacturing.
The business is reported to be worth in the neighborhood of $219 billion worldwide for the smartphone and tablet industry, which can create a great deal of animosity when scrambling for market share.
As reported at CNBC, it was the "bounce back," scroll, zoom and navigate features. which caused the primary problem for Samsung, with the jury finding the Korean company had violated the patents of Apple in relation to those features.
This may be a setback for Samsung, but the fight is still on and the LA Times reports that Samsung is expected to file an appeal since it was awarded no compensation in its counter suit against Apple.
The first battle may have been won by Apple, but on four continents and in ten countries, the "tech war" continues, with more legal battles to come.
And in related news on the fight, the Wall Street Journal reports that a South Korean court has found both companies guilty of infringement. The Korean court noted that Apple had crossed the line on two of Samsungs patents, while Samsung had infringed on one of Apples patents. While the court ordered the sale of products which infringe on the others product to be halted, none of the products are part of the current crop of smartphones or tablets.
The three judge panel in Seoul ordered Apple to pay US$17,650 for each of the two infringements and ordered Samsung to pay US$22,000 for the lone infringement against Apple.
The rest of the battle is still to be played out in more courtrooms and across more countries, with a huge payout in market share capability for the eventual winner to be the most highly sought after outcome.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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