Apple vs Samsung jury members defend decision

Macworld Australia Staff
26 August, 2012
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Jurors in the Apple vs Samsung trial have defended their decision today, after finding Samsung guilty of infringing Apple’s patents in a  California court yesterday morning.

The jury, after deliberating for two days, found Samsung owed Apple US$1.05 billion in damages for infringing Apple’s patents and design features in its smartphones and tablets.

In an interview with Reuters, the jury’s foreman Velvin Hogan, 67, believed Samsung “absolutely” wilfully copied Apple’s designs and innovations.

“We wanted to make sure the message we sent was not just a slap on the wrist,” Hogan said. “We wanted to make sure it was sufficiently high to be painful, but not unreasonable.”

Speaking with CNET, fellow jury member Manuel Ilagan highlighted the areas in which Samsung wilfully infringed upon Apple patents.

“Well, there were several. The e-mails that went back and forth from Samsung execs about the Apple features that they should incorporate into their devices was pretty damning to me. And also, on the last day, they showed the pictures of the phones that Samsung made before the iPhone came out and ones that they made after the iPhone came out. Some of the Samsung executives they presented on video [testimony] from Korea — I thought they were dodging the questions. They didn’t answer one of them. They didn’t help their cause. …We weren’t impatient. We wanted to do the right thing, and not skip any evidence. I think we were thorough.”

The jury’s thoroughness is documented in the jury verdict form, which has been made public today.

The form is damning for Samsung, showing the Korean company copied Apple’s ”bounce-back” feature, two-finger “pinch to zoom” gesture on all but two devices, the ”tap to zoom” patent on 13 devices, and a number of Apple’s smartphone designs.
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