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The verdict is in, and there's no dancing in the streets of Cupertino, as a Samsung attorney last week told a jury there would be if they awarded Apple even $100 million in the latest courtroom fracas, which turned out to be pretty close to the end verdict.
CNET reported Friday that the latest Apple v. Samsung courtroom drama over patent infringement ended not with a bang, but a whimper from both sides as an eight-person jury delivered a decidedly "mixed verdict" unlikely to stop the Korean smartphone giant from mimicking Cupertino in the future.
Although the jury did find Samsung guilty of patent infringement against Apple on the '647 "quick links" patent, the more lucrative '721 "slide to unlock" patent ultimately only applied to older devices such as the Galaxy Nexus. A pretrial judgment also added the '172 "automatic word correction" patent to Samsung's misdeeds.
Unfortunately for Apple, the damages wound up being a far cry from the $2.2 billion the iPhone maker was hoping for, with the $119.6 million award against Samsung ultimately being little more than a slap on the wrist to the Korean consumer electronics company.
"Today's ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: That Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products," an Apple spokesperson said in a statement Friday night. "We are fighting to defend the hard work that goes into beloved products like the iPhone, which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers."
Samsung was also awarded what amounts to pocket change for the Galaxy maker, with a mere $158,400 in damages over a '448 patent on photo and video folder organization; the company had sought $6.2 million in damages from Apple.
And it's not over yet: Attorneys for Apple have called out a potential error by the jury, which awarded no damages on the '172 patent for one infringing product, the Samsung Galaxy SII. That mistake will bring the jury back to work Monday, but it's unlikely to boost Cupertino's awarded damages by much.
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