Samsung got served.
With a slow day suddenly getting very exciting, the jury-verdict for the Apple versus Samsung case is just coming in over the wires.
Like the trial itself, things are quite complicated as the verdict is spread over various devices, including the Captivate, Continuum, Showcase, Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, Mesmerize, Vibrant, Galaxy Tab and others.
What is clear though is this: Samsung has been found guilty on almost all counts with only a few device exceptions. Surprisingly, the Tab 10.1 did not violate Apple’s patents in regards to the iPad, which is a somewhat unexpected finding seeing has it has been found to do so by other courts.
Meanwhile, Samsung was not able to prevail on any of its claims of patent violations by Apple—a seemingly crushing blow. In addition, Samsung was found to have purposefully attempted to confuse consumers with their designs, a finding of intentional (as opposed to accidental) patent infringement.
The jury just awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages.
How this will affect Windows Phone will of interest to our readers. It certainly will have ramifications for the industry as a whole, including Android, what Samsung chooses to do next, innovation away from Apple designs and perhaps OEMs getting behind a more “protected” OS from Microsoft. Microsoft (and Windows Phone) are not targets by Apple as both companies have cross-licensing agreements in place, ensuring that our devices should be in the clear of any patent claims.
One thing that is clear right now: things are looking very bad for Samsung with these jury decisions.