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Jury awards Apple $290 million in patent infringement case against Samsung
Apple on Thursday was awarded $290 million in patent damages from Samsung by a federal jury. The judgment brings the total that Apple is owed to more than $900 million in the case which includes a separate verdict from last year.
The six-woman, two-man jury starting hearing the case last week in which Apple claimed Samsung copied technology from the iPhone and iPad. Cupertino argued that Samsung owed nearly $380 million in damages based on lost profits and profit that Samsung earned while selling the offending devices as well as royalties.
Samsung fought back with claims that Apple inflated the value of their patents. They also reiterated the importance of consumer choice and concluded that damages should not exceed $52 million.
The jury ultimately decided that Samsung was guilty of patent infringement on 13 smartphones and tablets which includes features like pinch-to-zoom and bounce back. It was their belief that Samsung didn’t provide the evidence necessary to counter Apple’s claims.
The jury forewoman said the entire panel agreed the ruling would set precedent for future patent laws and if they didn’t award Apple much money, it would only show other companies that it is alright to infringe on patents.
Naturally, Apple praised the verdict and said it showed Samsung that copying has a cost. Samsung, meanwhile, called the verdict disappointing and promised to appeal the decision.
The devices in question are all older models that have long since been replaced.
The iPhone 5s is the Apple’s latest flagship handset. The iPhone 5s is powered by a first of its kind 64-bit A7 processor and the same 4" Retina display as its predecessor. It also includes a fingerprint reader dubbed Touch ID, HD video capture at 720p at 120FPS that can also perform slow motion at 120FPS. Battery life on the iPhone 5s is rated for 10 hours of 3G talk time, LTE browsing, Wi-Fi browsing and video.
The Galaxy S4 is a continuation of Samsung's flagship Android handset, in a sleeker and more modern version inside and out. The S4 features a 1.9 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. The S4 also packs 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, IR LED Remote Control, MHL 2.0, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The iPhone 5C replaces the iPhone 5 with nearly identical tech specs, a plastic-based exterior and 5 color choices, a first in the iPhone family. The 5C features the same 4" Retina display, A6 CPU, 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, a new front-facing FaceTime HD camera with better low light support, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a higher capacity battery and support for more LTE bands.
The Note 3 is part of Samsung's ever-expanding Galaxy line. It features a new soft textured leather-like plastic cover, a 5.7-inch SuperAMOLED 1080p display, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU for LTE models or a 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos Octacore for 3G variants, a 13MP rear-facing camera, a microSD expansion slot, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a 3,200mAh battery.
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