The nine person jury found that Samsung had infringed on all of Apple’s patents in question, with the exception of the one regarding the trade dress of the iPad.
The jury also found that Apple had not violated any of the patents Samsung had claimed in its counterclaims.
What could be considered most damning for Samsung is that the jury found that Samsung had “willfully infringed” many of Apple’s patents, which may make Samsung liable for triple the damages according to various legal experts quoted in the press.
While Apple was handed a decisive victory by the court, Samsung left the courtroom promising to continue the fight to the appeal circuit.
“Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer,” a Samsung spokesperson said in a statement. “It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies.”
We will move immediately to file post-verdict motions to overturn this decision in this court and, if we are not successful, we will appeal this decision to the Court of Appeals,” the company continued.
In contrast, Apple left the courtroom calling this something of a victory for the American patent system.
“The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money,” Apple’s statement read. “They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.”
While Samsung will certainly appeal this decision, Apple is p lanning on filing a temporary injunction against Samsung to ban its infringing products.
In a statement released to the press late Friday, Samsung appeared to be optimistic about its chances of appeal.
“This isn’t the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims,” read a statement released Friday.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently celebrated his first anniversary on the job, sent a cheerful email to Apple staff shortly after the court’s decision was announced.
“Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work,” the body of Mr. Cook’s email read. “For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy.”
“We applaud [the jury] for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.”
The injunction hearing is expected to begin on September 20th.