Apple's damage award of $119.6 million in its patent-infringement trial against Samsung Electronics was a far cry from the $2.2 billion in damages Apple had sought. More importantly, according to legal experts, the jury's verdict indicates that Apple's legal strategy of suing Samsung has not slowed down Samsung's sales or the momentum of Google's Android operating system.
Samsung Electronics called witnesses in its patent-infringement trial against Apple who testified that it was an intensive and significant shift in marketing and hardware innovation that helped Samsung become the world's largest smartphone maker. The witnesses were seeking to rebut claims by Apple's lawyers that it was only through copying Apple's innovations that Samsung was able to secure its strong place in the market.
Google's Android platform has grown into the world's most popular smartphone operating system, but before Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 it did not support touchscreen inputs, according to court documents.
Apple argued in court that it is due $2.19 billion in damages related to patent-infringement by Samsung Electronics in the smartphone titans' latest patent trial. However, a witness Apple called also indicated that Apple is pushing for a ban on the sale of older Samsung smartphones.
Apple's latest patent-infringement trial against Samsung Electronics is underway in California and slides that were revealed during the trial indicate that Apple is indeed thinking about a larger-sized iPhone to capture a piece of a growing market.
According to a number of reports, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung co-CEO J.K. Shin held a meeting last week in an attempt to iron out the companies' ongoing legal battle over patent infringement. However, according to those reports, Cook and Shin were unable to reach an agreement on the issue and appear set to return to the courtroom in March to continue their dispute.
Samsung Electronics and Ericsson reached a patent-licensing settlement in which Samsung will likely pay Ericsson hundreds of millions of dollars. However, the exact terms of the deal are unclear.
Google and Samsung Electronics forged a wide-ranging, patent-licensing deal that covers the companies' existing patent portfolios and all patents they will each file over the next 10 years. The move is likely a way for Google to cement cooperation with Samsung, which is the largest OEM making products that run Google's Android mobile platform.
Rockstar, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry, dropped a lawsuit against Huawei. Rockstar had sued Huawei, Google and other Android manufacturers last fall, arguing that their products infringed on patents owned by Rockstar, which bought a trove of Nortel Networks' patents in 2011.
Apple won $290 million in damages from Samsung Electronics after a jury ruled in its favor in a retrial of the smartphone titans' 2012 patent infringement clash.