Samsung found guilty of patent infringement
Apple has struck the latest blow in its ongoing war with Samsung, after a jury found the latter company guilty of infringing several of the former's patents in San Jose, California last week (August 24, local time).
The jury awarded Apple an astonishing US$1,049,343,540 (AUS$ 1,008,015,144.68) as part of the verdict, and in doing so agreed that Samsung had copied unique Apple design features such as double-tap zoom and pinch-to-zoom.
A huge range of Samsung products will be affected by the verdict and could potentially be banned, although their official fate at this time is yet to be determined.
"We wanted to make sure the message we sent was not just a slap on the wrist," jury member Velvin Hogan told Reuters after delivering the decision.
"We wanted to make sure it was sufficiently high to be painful, but not unreasonable."
Some members of the tech community have expressed concern over the verdict, saying that it could be bad news for the future of consumers as it will limit the amount of choices they have on the market.
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Posted by Eve Gillespie