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Apple vs. Samsung: Everything Changes, Everything Stays the Same

Apple vs. Samsung: Everything Changes, Everything Stays the Same

A death-blow to Samsung; a free patent ride for Apple; a surprise window of opportunity for Microsoft: so the $1bn Apple vs. Samsung trial has been summed up as, and more. A US jury's decision this week that Samsung had "willfully" infringed Apple patents and should be vigorously punished for it has already scored deep the Android versus iOS battle lines. Yet, for all the huge sums and the outraged cries for patent reform - not to mention whispers that this finally could be Windows Phone's chance to shine - it's unclear exactly what will change.

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Values vs. Choice: Apple and Samsung speak on $1bn verdict

Values vs. Choice: Apple and Samsung speak on $1bn verdict

Samsung may be facing a billion in damages after Apple persuaded a US jury that it was an arch copyist, but the company still has snark to spare. The "verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple" the South Korean firm said of the ruling in San Jose this week, "but as a loss for the American consumer." According to Samsung, the favorable decision for Apple - which saw the Cupertino company escape with zero damages in Samsung's counter-suits - will mean less choice, less innovation and, perhaps most importantly in the tough economic climate, "higher prices." Apple isn't so concerned, unsurprisingly, describing the case as "about much more than patents or money."

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Apple damages vs Samsung: ZERO

Apple damages vs Samsung: ZERO

In the Apple vs Samsung case here in the USA over patents and design on both parties parts, it appears that Samsung's claims have fallen completely flat. Samsung challenged Apple in this case on patent claims for UTMS standard technology as well as several other smaller items. Across the board, Apple was found not guilty - no wrongdoing in ay way at all.

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Samsung damages over 1 billion dollars vs Apple

Samsung damages over 1 billion dollars vs Apple

In the Apple vs Samsung court case that's been taking place over the past three weeks here in the USA, it appeared that Samsung would be taking the heaviest damages as a 1 billion 51 million 855 thousand dollar damages verdict was delivered against them. Apple would have their side of the verdict read against them soon after Samsung's list of infringements against Apple's patents, but at the end of the first half, Samsung took the heat.

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Samsung patent infringement ruled “willful” vs Apple

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.

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Samsung guilty on dozens of patent infringements vs Apple

Samsung guilty on dozens of patent infringements vs Apple

This trial is what might be the most important of the set of Apple vs Samsung courtroom sessions that've been going on around the world for several months. Another verdict was reached this week in South Korea where the law made it clear that both parties had done wrong, the iPhone, the iPad, the Galaxy S II, and the Galaxy S all being banned from sale in the country effective immediately. Several other sales bans have taken place over the summer and were relatively quickly lifted in their respective countries.

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Apple closing statement brings most damning documents yet vs Samsung

Apple closing statement brings most damning documents yet vs Samsung

For those of you wishing to stay in the Apple vs Samsung trial in the heat of the battle will love to see the highlights in Apple's closing statement, complete with a few clips from a document that very well may have Samsung on the ropes. This document is what Apple calls the "copycat" document and was acquired by Apple from Samsung's internal design process labs, a massive set of pages that include the screenshots you see here. The massive bulk of the document has Samsung making side-by-side comparisons between the original iPhone and their own original Galaxy smartphone, making notes on how iPhone design cues could help them improve their own smartphone lineup.

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Apple vs Samsung break down as Jury heads to verdict

Apple vs Samsung break down as Jury heads to verdict

Over the past few weeks the tech world has been watching intently as Apple and Samsung battled in the courtroom here in the USA, only to have one last-ditch effort to settle things amicably break down at the zero hour. It's now up to the jury to decide what the fate of these two companies will be in regards to the massive amount of design and technology patents they're both claiming the other used without permission - copying and fair use are up for grabs, and someone is about to get hurt.

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Samsung rests asking $421.8 million vs Apple

Samsung rests asking $421.8 million vs Apple

This week the mobile device patent and design court case between Apple and Samsung is coming to final resting points starting with Samsung asking for a sum of $421.8 million from Apple if infringements are found valid. Samsung's offensive piece of this trial has them working with three utility patents covering photo browsing, music playback, and email, with damages being limited to reasonable royalty rates alone. The reason for the limitation to royalty rates is that Samsung has not found themselves to have lost any sales due to the infringement they claim.

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Samsung argues that Apple’s designs are “obvious”

Samsung argues that Apple’s designs are “obvious”

Apple rested its case in the trial against Samsung this week, and now the South Korean company is doing everything possible to prove its innocence. AllThingsD reports that Samsung attempted to dismiss allegations that its products copied the design of the iPhone, with senior user experience design Jeeyuen Wang testifying that the company didn’t copy any of Apple’s icons. She went on to say that Samsung tested multiple icons, ultimately falling back on familiar pictures such as the traditional telephone because users responded better to them.

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