Apple wins 1 bn dollars in patent case against Samsung

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New York, Aug 25: In a massive victory in its patent case against Samsung, technology giant Apple has won more than USD 1 billion after a jury in California found that the South Korean firm violated a series of Apple's patents related to the software and design of mobile devices.

The nine jurors in the case reached a verdict after answering more than 700 questions in a verdict form over three days of deliberations in a San Jose court in California.

According to the verdict, Apple's patents were valid and the company did not violate any of Samsung's patents. An Apple spokeswoman said in a statement that the verdict sends a "clear message that stealing isn't right.

The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung's copying went far deeper than even we knew... We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy."

Reacting to the verdict, Samsung said it would ask the court to overturn the verdict and also plans to appeal in a higher court. Samsung said the verdict "should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation and potentially higher prices." Samsung said the verdict is not the "final word" in the case or in "battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple's claims."

PTI

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