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Apple Vs. Samsung: Apple Wins $1B, But Jury Clears Galaxy Tab 10.1 Of Infringement

A San Jose, Calif., jury said Samsung infringed on six Apple patents and awarded Apple $1 billion in damages, but Samsung got a consolation prize when the jury said its Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not infringe on iPad design patents.

In the lawsuit, which Apple filed in April 2011 in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, Apple alleged that Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets bear too close a resemblance to the Apple iPhone and iPad.

Apple also alleged that Samsung infringed on Apple trademarks and engaged in unfair competition.

[Related: Apple Sues Samsung For 'Blatant Copying' in Galaxy Tablets, Smartphones ]

It was not all bad news for Samsung. Online news site Wired reported that the jurors did not agree that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet PCs infringed on Apple iPad design patents.

The Wall Street Journal reported late Friday afternoon that the Federal court jury in San Jose, Calif., awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages, or less than half the $2.5 billion Apple had requested.

The jury found Samsung to have infringed on six of the seven patents at issue in the case and found willful infringement in five of those cases. The jury also ruled all seven Apple patents in question to be valid, the Journal reported.

Apple relied heavily on Samsung's internal strategy documents to prove its Korean rival copied its iPhone, while Samsung relied in part on testimony that many of Apple's mobile device designs were not original, the Journal reported.


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