Apple was awarded over $1 billion from a jury verdict in the patent lawsuit against Samsung. The verdict was returned on Friday, August 24, 2012. The case proved to be an overwhelming victory for Apple with the jury finding that Samsung infringed on almost every device for the utility patent infringments, as well as top-to-zoom patents and scrolling patents, among others.
The total damages awarded by the jury was $1,049,343,540; however, Samsung won’t be cutting a check anytime soon due to what’s sure to be a lengthy appeals process.
Tim Cook was quick to jump on the news in a memo to Apple employees, seen below.
Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere.
Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than we knew.
The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
I am very proud of the work that each of you do.
Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.
[via Apple Insider]