A U.S. court has ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages for "wilfully" copying the iPhone and iPad.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Following three days of deliberation, a U.S. court jury has found Samsung guilty of infringing on a number of Apple patents and ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages.
The nine-person jury found that the majority of Samsung smartphones and tablets violated patents held by Apple. At the same time, the jury rejected Samsung's counter-claims that Apple infringed some of its wireless technology patents.
Samsung, stung by the verdict, called it "a loss for the American consumer."
"It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices," said Samsung in a statement. "It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies."
Apple welcomed the verdict.
"We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it," said Apple spokesperson Katie Cotton in a prepared statement. "The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung's copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values."
The ruling may mean that several Samsung products may be banned from sales in the U.S.
Apple said it intended to seek sales injunctions at a follow-up hearing on September 20.