Jury says Samsung infringed on at least 1 Apple patent

A federal jury late Friday ruled Samsung Electronics infringed on at least one of the patents Apple claimed in its landmark patent lawsuit.

The jury, made up of four women and four men, began deliberating Tuesday after a month of testimony in the case. It had two full days of deliberation on Wednesday and Thursday.

Apple is demanding $2.2 billion in damages from Samsung, accusing the company of infringing on its patents to create new Galaxy smartphones and tablet. The features that Samsung unlawfully used, Apple charges, involve word correction, the slide feature to unlock a device, quick links, syncing of programs in the background and universal searching.

Samsung denies the claims and argues that it's Apple that should pay more than $6 million for infringing its patents on video features on smartphones -- including making video calls over cellular networks, taking videos and sending them via email or text messages -- and displaying the number of photos or video files within the photos app.

In his closing argument, lawyer William Price referred to an email from Apple founder Steve Jobs indicating that he had ordered employees to wage a "holy war" against Google and its Android system, believing it was a rip-off of Apple's operating system.

Apple lawyer Harold McElhinny told jurors that Samsung's "illegal strategy has been wildly successful" and insisted that Google had nothing to do with the case.

But Apple attorneys did introduce evidence that it said showed that Google has agreed to reimburse Samsung if the South Korean company is ordered to pay damages on two of the five patents at issue.

Samsung saw its share of the global smartphone market whittled away slightly in the first quarter of 2014, as it dropped from 32.4% to 31.2%, , according to Strategy Analytics. Apple gained, up to 17.5% from 15.3%. Samsung shipped 89 million phones during the quarter; Apple shipped 43.7 million.

Contributing: Associated Press


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