The jury in a San Jose, California court has ruled that Samsung stole designs from Apple in developing its smartphones and computer tablets. As a result, the court has ordered the South Korean conglomerate to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages.
Predictably, Samsung was not pleased with the decision and plans to file for an appeal, even accusing the Cupertino-based company of using US patent laws in its attempt to dominate the smartphone market.
In a statement, Samsung said that it was “unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners”. Meanwhile, Apple applauded the decision, even praising the court for “for finding Samsung’s behaviour wilful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right”.
The nine-person jury deliberated for less than three days before coming up with a unanimous decision, rejecting all of Samsung’s claims and upholding five of Apple’s claims.
Apple has also filed for an injunction to block Samsung products deemed infringing in the United States at a follow-up hearing on September 20th.