Samsung patent infringement ruled “willful” vs Apple

Aug 24, 2012
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Samsung patent infringement ruled “willful” vs Apple

As the reading of the verdict continued on this afternoon in the Apple vs Samsung trial here in the USA, it appeared at first that Samsung was in for a world of hurt. Dozens of devices were found guilty of infringing upon Apple patents, devices from the start of the Samsung dip into the Android universe right up until about a year ago with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 - so many infringements that it seemed like the company wouldn't be able to stay afloat - but it wasn't over until it was over.

Question after question it appeared that names like Captivate, Continuum, Droid Charge, Epic 4G, Fascinate, Galaxy S i9000, S 4G, Showcase, Gem, Indulge, Infuse 4G, Mesmerize, and Vibrant were each death bells for Samsung as infringements appeared against patents like D'677, 381, 163, and more. The more important question though was on if Samsung "should have known" it was infringing on patents.

Just like the other questions, Samsung appeared to be guilty in quite a few cases - but not all:

D'677: Yes for Fascinate, S 4G, S2 ATT, S2 Tmobile, Epic 4G Touch, Skyrocket, Showcase, Infuse 4G, Mesmerize, and Vibrant

D'087: Yes for S 4G, Vibrant. No for S2 ATT, S2 Epic 4G Touch, S2 Skyrocket, Infuse 4G.

D'305: Yes for Captivate, Continuum, Showcase, Gem, Indugle, Infuse 4G, Mesmerize, Vibrant.

D'889 No for both Galaxy Tab models.

Quoted lists above come from The Verge who was one of several groups sitting in on the trail relaying information. The reading of the verdict continued with "willfulness" of Samsung on infringing on patents. For SEC, SEA, and STA, all but a couple of patents were ruled as yes, Samsung did wrong willfully.

Samsung was also ruled to not have proven the invalidity of any patents at all - this meant that Apple's patents all stood, and continue to stand. Stay tuned to SlashGear as the rest of the verdict comes down on the heads of Samsung - and perhaps Apple as well - we shall see!


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