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After examining some 700 infringement claims by Apple, a nine person jury in California ruled that Samsung infringed on a series of Apple’s patents on various devices, awarding Apple more than $1 Billion in damages.
The decision came after overwhelming evidence was presented, including internal Samsung memos and strategy documents that left little doubt that the iPhone inspired a major effort by the Korean manufacturer to overhaul its mobile phone efforts.
Apart from the physical design, the decision also covered the “bounce back” effect when a user scrolls to the end of a list on the iPhone and iPad, and the pinch-to-zoom gesture that users make when they want to magnify an image.
While the $1 Billion penalty may not be a big blow to Samsung, the decision could force Samsung and other smartphone makers to redesign their products to be less similar to Apple.
“It’s going to make it very difficult for not only Samsung, but for other companies to mimic the Apple products,” said Robert Barr, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley.