Saturday, August 25, 2012

Apple Awarded USD 1.05 Billion in Patent Suit against Samsung

Samsung Electronics has been ordered to shell out USD 1.05 Billion in damages to Apple by a US Court in a patent infringement suit filed by Apple. This figure could apparently be trebled because the jury has found Samsung guilty of willful infringement.

The US Court’s decision came a day after a South Korean Court’s decision which held that both companies had violated each other’s patents. The South Korean Court has further ordered Apple to remove its iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 from the Korean market since they infringe Samsung’s patents relating to wireless technology. The Korean Court also imposed a ban on Samsung’s Galaxy S2 for infringing Apple’s patents on bounce-back screen features.

The Korean Court however did not hold Samsung’s phones as being deceptively similar to that of Apple’s since a consumer buying either of the products would take note of the logos of each company and other factors such as operating systems, applications and prices before he purchases a phone. In short, there was no scope for confusion. 

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