The Apple v Samsung trial has been going on forever. I've even lost track of how long it's been. It seems like it's been going on as long as I've been writing for Android Headlines, and that's coming up on two years. However, yesterday, the jury reached a verdict in the Apple v Samsung case and the short of it is that the Korean manufacturer owes Apple around $120 million in damages. Which is basically chump change for them, since they did put out about $13 billion in marketing last year alone. But Apple does owe Samsung some money as well, only $158,400. Which for Apple, being the most valuable company in the US, isn't that much.
CNET has broken down which devices violated which patents on both parties side. First, we'll look at Apple's patents: "Patent No. '172: covers predictive text. Patent No. '414: involves background syncing activity, such as syncing calendars, email, and contacts. Patent No. '647: covers "quick links," which can auto-detect data in messages that can then be clicked. Patent No. '721: covers slide-to-unlock, the motion used to unlock the home screen. Patent No. '959: covers universal search, such as what Apple uses in Siri." The devices from Samsung that we are looking at is the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and the Stratosphere, and all of them are guilty. Some more than others. The Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and the stratosphere all infringed on each of these patents.
Now on Samsung's side, we're only looking at two patents. Which are; Patent No. '239: covers video transmission functionality, with implications against Apple's use of FaceTime.
Patent No. '449: involves camera and folder organization functionality. And the devices that infringe them are, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod Touch 4th Gen and 5th Gen. The iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 infringe on both patents, while the iPod Touch's only infringe on Patent No. 449.
So that's a quick breakdown of which devices violated which patents on both sides. Hopefully we're seeing the end of this trial soon, as I'm sure most of you are ready to move on.