The biggest legal story over the weekend was the announcement of the verdict in the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit, which we previously wrote about in Samsung Ordered to Stop Selling Galaxy Tablet and Galaxy Nexus. The jury decided in favor of Apple, finding that Samsung willingly infringed on several of Apple’s design patents, and awarded Apple just over $1 billion.
Because the jury found that Samsung acted “willingly,” Judge Lucy Koh could triple the damages award. Moreover, Judge Koh has scheduled a hearing in September to determine whether certain Samsung products will be pulled from shelves based on the verdict.
Reactions to the verdict are all over the place, literally and figuratively, so we thought we’d offer you a collection of some of the most informative analyses and bits of information:
- Samsung Shares Fall After Apple Wins $1 Billion Verdict (Bloomberg): “Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) fell the most in almost four years in Seoul trading after a U.S. jury found the mobile-phone maker infringed Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s patents and ordered the South Korean company to pay more than $1 billion.”
- Apple stock jumps on $1B Samsung verdict (Canadian Business Network): “Apple shares are up $19, or 2.9 percent, at $682.22 in premarket trading Monday.”
- Legal analysts suggest Apple-Samsung verdict may not be safe (CNET): In a searingly chilly analysis, Groklaw points to apparently simple facts that suggest anything from boredom to power intoxication.
- Apple v. Samsung: Did the jury blow the Galaxy Tab verdict? (CNN Money): “As Villanova Law School Professor Michael Risch put it: ‘How did the Galaxy Tab escape design patent infringement? This was the only device to be preliminarily enjoined (on appeal no less), and yet it was the one of the few devices to be spared the sledgehammer.’”
- Apple v. Samsung: What the analysts are saying (CNN Money): “Because the the jury didn’t deliver its verdict in the big Apple v. Samsung patent infringement suit until after the markets closed Friday — and because Wall Street tends to take the weekend off, especially in the summer — we had to wait a couple days to hear from most of the Apple analysts.”
- The Morning Download: Why Apple Hasn’t Hamstrung Samsung (Wall Street Journal): “But Brian Love, a patent expert and teaching fellow at Stanford University’s program in Law, Science & Technology, tells CIO Journal the impact of Apple’s jury verdict on the Android ecosystem has been somewhat exaggerated.”
- Apple Case Muddies the Future of Innovations (NY Times): “Apple’s victory on Friday in a patent lawsuit against Samsung could, if upheld, give its rivals a kick in the pants to create more original products.”
- Jury Foreman in $1B Apple Case Said Jurors’ Legal and Engineering Experience Speeded Deliberations (ABA Journal): “Foreman Velvin Hogan, 67, told Reuters that jurors were able to reach a quick verdict—they did so on the third day of deliberations—because some had legal and engineering experience. He told the San Jose Mercury News that the intent was to send a message to Samsung that ‘patent infringing is not the right thing to do.’”
- Samsung’s Apple patent loss: The financial hit is manageable (ZDNet): “Samsung has been hit with a stinging patent lawsuit defeat at the hands of Apple, but assuming the electronics giant can keep its Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note away from an injunction the financial hit is minimal.”
- Consumers likely to feel impact of Apple defeat of Samsung (USA Today): “It could mean higher prices for the coolest features, different choices in mobile devices, and devices that work in less familiar ways. It means Apple’s rival smartphone and tablet makers, and Google, will have to scramble harder.”
What do you think of the verdict?