Samsung Ordered to Pay Apple for Patent Infringement
On Friday a US jury has ordered Samsung Electronics Co. to pay US$119 million to Apple an amount far less than Apple expected which also marked a big loss for the company in their latest round of the mobile patent litigation.
During the month long trial in a federal court in San Jose, California, Apple has accused Samsung of violating several patents on smart phone features which included universal search. Smsung denied any wrong doing, but still the jury was founded the South Korean mobile smart phone maker have infringe two Apple patents.
For three years now Apple and Samsung have been litigating around the world, and in 2012 jurors have awarded the iPhone maker US$930 million still Apple failed to persuaded US district Judge Lucy Koh to issue a permanent injunction against the selling of Samsung smart phones in the U.S. industry observers see the ongoing legal disputes as an attempt by Apple to stop the rapid growth of smart phones that is based on Google’s rival Android software and Samsung is the largest adopter of the Android operating platform.
Apple launched the litigation several years ago with the plan to slow down the increase of android phone manufacturers but so far have failed. The latest case involved five Apple patents that were not included in the 2012 trail and covers iPhone features such as the slide to unlock and search technology.