Apple Wins $1Billion in Samsung Patent Case

A nine member jury in California awarded Apple Incorporated more than $1.05 billion in its patent infringement claim that Samsung Electronics Company copied technology used in its iPad and iPhone.

The US lawsuit was one of several cases around the world between California-based Apple and South Korean Samsung over technology rights and innovation in the fast-growing mobile computing sector.

Apple sued Samsung in April 2011, and Samsung counter-sued.

The companies have also sued each other in Britain, Australia and South Korea.

Apple sought $2.75 billion for its claims that Samsung infringed four design patents and three software patents, however Samsung demanded as much as $421.8 million in royalties for claims that Apple infringed five patents.

The disputes date to 2010 when Samsung released its Galaxy smartphones, and Apple immediately suspected that Galaxy phones copied the iPhone, which by had been on the market for three years.

Apple and Samsung are the world’s largest makers of handheld devices that blend phone and a computer functionality.

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