by JASMINE ELSHAMY Photo/Video Editor
Apple brought home a nice 10-digit check after a courtroom victory with Samsung on August 24. They might not have won on every account, but they surely convinced the nine jurors to award them their fair share due to Samsung’s IP infringements. Samsung did not stand a chance against Apple’s patent portfolio, brought in to demonstrate the exact infringements Samsung’s product showed. The jurors’ task was to see whether Samsung’s devices infringed upon Apple’s IP, and also to determine if Samsung Korea had allowed US employees to sell those infringing devices. The jurors, along with Judge Koh, had to decide if they did so willingly. Apple brought forth four design patents against Samsung. According to engadget.com, design patent D618,677 claims the edge-to-edge glass, speaker slot and display border, while D593,087 claims its rounded corners and home button, and D604,305 claims the grid-style icon layout in iOS. “Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. …Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products,” says Samsung of the case.