The patent case between Apple vs Samsung came to a close last Friday after just three days, and Apple wins 1.05 billion dollars as reward for copyright infringement damages.
Jurors have decided that, in general, Apple has won the case, stating that Samsung had violated copyright issues, infringing 3 utility patents and 4 designs, according to the Jury.
According to Christopher Carani, design rights committee chairman of the American Bar Association,
“This is a resounding victory, not for only Apple and its intellectual property portfolio, but also designers and design rights in general. This verdict strengthens strengthens Apple’s design identity, which has arguably has been watered down as each new Apple-like device hit the market.”
Competitors are now forced to create their own unique designs. They can’t risk losing billions of dollars due to an Apple lawsuit.
Samsung was unsuccessful in showing that their design concepts were not copied from that of Apple’s. The jury, composed of two women and seven men, made the decision Friday that Apple has greatly invested in creating an identity, user interface and inimitable traits of the iPhone and iPad.
Furthermore, the jury also concluded that Samsung had invaded Apple’s trade dress. Wikipedia defines trade dress as “a legal term of art that generally refers to characteristics of the visual appearance of a product or its packaging that signify the source of the product to consumers.”
On the other hand, Apple did not get damage awards from its Samsung monopoly claims, which came from the success of the Korean company in obtaining patent-covered technology into 3GPP wireless networks standard.