We hope your weekend was great, because for one particular South Korean technology company, it was not so great.
After three weeks of testimony and three days of deliberation by the jury in the Apple v. Samsung case in the US,: Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple damages of US$1.05 billion.
Don't forget that Samsung was also attempting to sue Apple for patent infringement. How did it fare? AU$0 in damages.
So, what does this mean? Some say that this, since the case will probably get stretched out to the Supreme Court, highlighting the absurdity of the patent system.
Others have different theories, betting that this will open new opportunities for other companies. Those that are looking to benefit could includeand .
Google, meanwhile, might be quivering in its shoes, realising that if Apple can successfully sue Samsung, then. Many of the patents that Samsung was found to have infringed upon, such as the one for its application grid layout with an icon dock at the bottom, are based on Android.
So far, the only place where patent-infringement lawsuits seem to be making any sense at all is in Samsung's home country. A Seoul Central District Court in South Korea has found that Samsung violated one of Apple's patents, and that Apple violated two of Samsung's. The verdict:, with bans placed on the sale of a number of devices from each. Perhaps that will make companies reconsider suing each other, and stop the patent madness.
Don't be fooled into thinking that all of these lawsuits mean the end for Samsung, though. UK mobile operator Three has, so even if Samsung's handset business takes a hit, there are always other industries that it can use to get itself through a rough patch.