In the gripping conclusion to the long Apple vs. Samsung case, the technology giant Apple has won as according to a court jury and Judge Koh. What else is there to report on? There always is more. Apparently, this means that all nearly all recent Android-based Samsung devices in question have infringed upon the Apple scroll/”bounce back” patent, among two other Apple patents in question. Apple has won this trial.
To be precise, Samsung has infringed on patents for ”bounce back” scrolling functionality on all devices, the ’915 patent (relating to one finger to scroll, two to pinch and zoom navigation) all but three Samsung devices (Ace, Intercept and Replenish) infringed on it, and lastly, Apple’s ’163 patent (tap to zoom) all Samsung devices except the Captivate, Indulge, Intercept, Nexus S 4G, Transform and Vibrant infringed upon it. Samsung has also been guilty to infringing on a “front black surface” design patent, however the Galaxy Tab did not infringe upon the iPad design patent.
In the end, however, all Apple patents have been held to be valid, including violating Apple’s trade dress, and Samsung has received a mighty blow. As for damages? Samsung has to pay 1,051,855,000 dollars in damages (basically 1.05 billion). And while Apple may have not won everything, they have won a small piece of the future in mobile technology design, something of which Samsung (and all other companies) will have to tread upon more carefully now.