Steve Jobs is doin’ his happy dance up in heaven right about now. A Jury awarded Apple $1 BILLION dollars worth of “damages” today after Apple accused Samsung of patent infringements on smartphones and tablets.
…various Samsung products violated an Apple patent covering the “bounce back” effect when a user scrolls to the end of a list, and the pinch-to-zoom gesture that users make when they want to magnify an image on their screens.
Apple had asked the jury to award it $2.5 billion in damages for what it said was Samsung’s violation of a handful of patents related to the physical design and software functions of the iPhone and iPad. In a counter suit, Samsung had demanded that Apple pay it $422 million for its own patent violations. The evidence Apple presented during the trial, including internal Samsung memos and strategy documents, left little doubt that the iPhone inspired a major effort by the Korean manufacturer to overhaul its mobile phone efforts.
Guess Samsung and other IT competitors out there got schooled today. You steal from Apple and you’re gonna pay…BIG.
For real tho, we hope Apple donates some of that reward money.
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