After a year of high-profile litigation involving top corporate lawyers, a US jury has decided that the Korean electronics gaint Samsung had indeed copied the innovative technology of Apple’s revolutionary iPhone and iPad.
The jury has ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion in compensation. Apple had filed its patent violation case in April 2011 and engaged several top-notch lawyers to demand $2.5 billion from its competitor. Some major violations cited by Apple were the rounded off edges and the pinch zoom in and zoom out features of its smartphones. In retaliation, Samsung fired back with its own lawsuit seeking $399 million. But Apple emerged victorious, as the jury rejected Samsung's claims against Apple.
Samsung is one of Apple's biggest rivals and has overtaken Apple as the leading smartphone maker. Samsung's Galaxy phones run on the Android, an operating system that Google has given free to Samsung and others. Apple and Samsung combined sell more than half of smartphones sold globally.