Samsung ordered to pay $1 billion to Apple in patent case

US court finds in favour of Apple, Samsung promises to appeal

Apple has won its patent case against Samsung in San Jose, California, with a jury finding that the Korean company had stolen designs from Cupertino and used them in its Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The court has ordered Samsung to pay $1 billion in damages to Apple. The jury also threw out Samsung's counter claims regarding its patents being infringed by Apple.

The nine person jury took just under three days to reach their verdict, despite having to consider over 700 questions about the case raised by both Samsung and Apple. The decision hinges on Samsung's use of Apple's so-called 'bounce back response' function, found when scrolling through pages on iOS. Tap-to-zoom functionality and the general design of Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone were also found to have breached Apple patents.

While Apple welcomed the decision, saying it sent, "a loud and clear message that stealing isn't right," Samsung said that the ruling was, "... a loss for the American consumer."

While Samsung says it will now prepare an appeal, Apple is likely to look to enforce a ban on sales of certain Samsung Galaxy products in the United States. Either way, this fight between tech's two biggest players shows no sign of slowing down.

Via BBC