Aug 25 - A sweeping victory for Apple after a U.S. jury rules Samsung must pay $1billion in damages for copying Apple's design. Julie Noce reports.
EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL A US jury delivered a major blow to Samsung Friday when they ruled that the South Korean tech company had in fact copied parts of Apple's iPad and iPhone, and ordered Samsung to pay Apple more than $1billion dollars in damages. The two companies had sued each other over several patent claims in a legal fight that is still going on in other countries. The jury ruled that Samsung had infringed on six out of seven of Apple's patents, and that Apple had infringed on none of Samsung's patent claims. Friday's U.S. ruling comes on the heels of a decision in South Korea where a judge ruled Samsung had NOT copied Apple's design. Although Apple was awarded less than half of the $2.5 billion it was asking for, the decision is seen as a sweeping legal victory that could have much wider implications. Samsung's devices use Google's Android software... which means other smartphones using Android software might also be at risk of legal challenges from Apple. Apple says they do plan to file a sales injunction against Samsung products to be sold in the U.S. Shares in Apple closed at a record high of $675 dollars in after hours trading.