Samsung vs Apple Patent case slowly coming to a close as jurors begin deliberations

With testimony finally being finished for both sides just a couple of days ago, jurors for the Samsung vs Apple patent case have now begun deliberation, thus this lengthy clash between the two titans is now starting to come to an end. This federal trial has lasted over 3 weeks (seems longer, doesn’t it?), and now this multi-billion dollar patent infringing case rests in the hands of 9 people (7 men and 2 women). Remember, Apple is trying to prove that Samsung ripped off the designs of the iPhone and iPad with their successful Android devices such as the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

With so much money at stake, not to mention the implications this has in the mobile industry market, we should not expect a quick decision from these jurors anytime soon. According to Professor Mark P. McKenna of the University of Notre Dame Law, “This case has huge implications, it could result in injunctions against both companies.”

I know most of you are probably wondering how these jurors will make such a huge decision that could massively affect Samsung. First off, the judge has to read a 109 page set of instructions intended for the jury, as as they make their decision, jurors must fill out a 20 page form that includes dozens of “check-off” boxes. According to experts, this 20 page form that the jurors must fill out are “crazy” and “incredibly complicated.” Needless to say, these jurors have a lot of work ahead of them. Secondly, the jurors have several smartphones and tablets at their disposal in the jury room to further help them from determining whether certain patents were indeed infringed upon or not.

This trial has certainly gone a full circle and I for one am glad that it’s finally coming to a close. While I have to admit that Samsung certainly took some flavors of the iPhone 3GS and implemented it into their first Galaxy S phone, I definitely don’t agree with the extent of Apple’s claims. Remember, Apple is asking $2.5 billion from Samsung for “damages” and loss of iPhone and iPad sales due to several of Samsung’s devices. On the flip side, attorneys for Samsung are asking the jury to award them $399 million after claims that Apple used Samsung’s technology without proper compensation.

With all biases aside, do you think Apple has at least some rights to their claim? Or do you think they’re just crying wolf after seeing Samsung starting to take such a huge hit in their market shares? I personally think Apple just now realizes how much of a threat Samsung has become and is now finally doing something, or anything, to slow them down. Why didn’t Apple file this case as soon as the  first Galaxy S was released if it was such a blatant copy of the iPhone? I believe Apple just didn’t think Samsung and their Galaxy line would be much of a threat back then, but now with the huge success of the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tabs and recently the Galaxy S III, Apple has finally realized that they need to act fast before Samsung gains even more ground in the mobile tech turf.

Now that this case is finally ending, take some time to reflect and let us know what you think about this case. While I hope Samsung comes out a winner in this case, that’s just my biased Android heart talking. I’ll leave you with both Apple’s and Samsung’s closing arguments:

During closing arguments Tuesday, Apple attorney Harold McElhinny said Samsung was having a “crisis of design” after the launch of the iPhone, and executives with the South Korean company were determined to illegally cash in on the success of the revolutionary device.

Samsung’s lawyer countered that the technology giant was simply and legally giving consumers what they want: Smart phones with big screens. They say they didn’t violate any of Apple’s patents and further claimed that Apple’s claimed innovations were actually created by other companies.

source: Associated Press

  • Nisse Bus

    14 Jurors? Re-read the source of your article (It’s 9 jurors)

    • You’re absolutely right, I read the “2” on “2 women” as 7 -_-. My mistake, thanks for pointing that out!

  • RTWright

    “With all biases aside, do you think Apple has at least some rights to their claim?”

    No, I don’t think they have any rights here to make any claims. After all we all know they didn’t originate any of these so called innovations they are calling theirs through patents. Had the Patent office done it’s job, I can bet over half of these patents companies are trying to fight over would never had been granted to begin with. Our Patent system needs a major overhaul.

    Apple shot themselves in the foot early on with the iPhone, they only with with one carrier, signed a deal with AT&T. It was going to happen regardless of it being Samsung or any other major hitter in the industry. But Samsung has grown into such a giant in the media world of technology that the bulls-eye was painted in advance.

    Apple lost all of those sales due to their own stupidity just like they did when they stopped the Mac Clones from being continued. They don’t like anyone doing anything as good or better than them. They can’t stand it. They have that mentality of the school bully that needs a good punch in the nose and usually a kick in the acorns before they’ll understand.

    On that I also do not feel Samsung should get anything either. These patents should be tossed and both companies told to do what they do best and INNOVATE as apposed to all of this nonsense. We know that’ll never happen though and no matter who wins this, it’ll go through an appeal process and come back. It’s clear neither side wants to agree on anything.

    I’ll just be glad to see this is over and done with. I feel sorry for the Jurors because they’re the ones getting hosed here the most. These people are not making any money because they’re not at their jobs and having to give up more than some of them can probably afford to. All just because the two schoolyard bullies have clashed. I’ve been a Juror and it doesn’t pay nothing. So I’m going to be more happy for them being able to return to their families and normal lives.

    • Appreciate the comment. You’re right, it definitely isn’t worth it being a juror. Thus I hate it when I’m summoned. I do everything in my power to not get chosen.

      I have a feeling that Apple will win on some of their patent claims, but I’d be very surprised if they wont a majority, much less all, of their claims. I don’t think this trial I hugely affect either company once this is all done and over with.

      But if there’s one thing we definitely know, it’s that Apple will not stop and will most likely do something similar to this in the near future if this ends up not being in their favor.

  • Well … ‘that’ result really was a surprise – or maybe not?

    Here I am … generally accepting that Americans were safe in their belief that ‘America was the land of the free’ … minding my own business … when a group of ‘free’ American jurors lead by a an educated American judge in an American court of law have decided that ‘all hand held communicating devices in rectangular containers with rounded corners must be a ‘rip-off’ of an Apple iPhone.

    Interesting … perhaps all those detailed ‘instructions’ to the jurors overwhelmed them and ‘obliged’ them to conform in some way or the other?

    I’m now waiting with baited breath for the rash of American court cases about TV sets, domestic radio sets, handheld flashlights, men’s (and women’s) shaving devices, fountain pens, ball point pens, plastic bottles with screw tops, aircraft, motor cars, trucks … perhaps I should stop there in case I give away too many ideas; and the American courts system gets overwhelmed.

    Listen up people… please get real ! I’m off to buy my new Samsung Galaxy NOTE2 … next week … like millions of free thinking others.!