After a year of lawsuits and legal battles, a jury has decided that Samsung did, in fact, copy and steal Apple’s iPhone and iPad technology to create their own versions.
And Samsung isn’t getting off easy, either.
They’ve been ordered to fork out a whopping $1.05 billion, for illegally using Apple creations like the "bounce-back" feature when a user scrolls to an end image, and the ability to zoom text with a tap of a finger.
And as if this isn’t punishment enough, ALL of Samsung’s claims against Apple were also rejected.
Apparently, they were suing the iPad inventors for $399 million for various reasons. Ag, shame.
So how did Apple do it?
Apple Inc. hired the US’s highest paid patent lawyers to demand $2.5 billion from its fiercest competitor. But, luckily for Samsung they weren’t subjected to the full wrath of the legal system, with Jurors deciding against some of Apple's claims and declining to award the full $2.5 billion they initially demanded.
And the outcome of this case is likely to have ripple effects in the smartphone market as a whole, with other Android device makers surely being more vigilant from now on.
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