August 28, 2012 23:01 by Jeremy
In what's possibly the largest piece of tech news these days, consumers and developers alike have been reeling back at the results of the Apple vs. Samsung trial. The jury's verdict claims that Samsung, "...should have known or did know they were infringing," and Samsung must now pay over a billion dollars in damages. The patents in question alleged that Samsung copied the Apple iPhone's physical design and user interface.
The trial isn't exactly over yet, though. The jurors made their decision quite fast (a little too fast, even for legal experts) - for them to gloss over 100-pages of rules as to what they should be judging, only to come out hours later with a verdict, seemed a little sketchy. The jurors are defending their verdict, but some people have even pointed out flaws in their logic as far as calculating the damages owed. Samsung will likely use this in their appeal of the decision.
While Apple floats on cloud nine, with CEO Tim Cook issuing an internal memo regarding Samsung's thieving ways, the rest of the world has been left wondering what the next stage is. The courts will continue the case of Apple vs. Samsung, but where does this place other manufacturers such as HTC and Nokia? Large companies such as Google and Microsoft have even chimed in, with the former stating that, "Most of these [patent claims] don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office."
If you were planning on buying any Samsung cell phones in the near future, you might want to do it sooner rather than later - Apple is already trying to figure out which of the infringed products they'd liked banned.
Sources: latimes, mashable, theverge (1), theverge (2)
After a long and arduous battle, we're finally seeing a (hopefully final) result in the case between Apple vs. Samsung. The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court has reasoned that all 27 European member states should exclude the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from sales due to its infringement on Apple patents dating back to 2004. Previously, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 was only banned from Germany.
Apple had also tried to get Samsung's re-designed Galaxy Tab 10.1N to meet the same fate, but that request was rejected. Samsung had to modify the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, else it, too, would not be seen any longer on European shelves.
However, this doesn't stop Samsung from tinkering around with the Galaxy Tab 7.7, and we could very well see a 7.7N version pop up in the next few months. Perhaps then European customers won't feel so left out.
Sources: cnet, pcworld