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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: August 25, 2012 @ 12:49 am

    And the verdict is in…

    Ciara O'Brien

    Apple has scored a victory against Samsung in a US court case over patent infringements. If you’ve been following this, you’ll know that Samsung and Apple have been suing and counter-suing each other in a whole heap of lawsuits in recent times. To be exact, more than 30 legal suits have been filed since 2010 across four continents.

    This morning, it was reported that a South Korean court had banned the sale of some Samsung and Galaxy handsets, at least until the dispute between them was resolved there. But they’ve all been waiting for this case, held on Apple’s home turf.

    Apple had asked the US court to rule on whether Samsung had violated seven patents: four design and three software patents. The jury found the South Korean company had infringed on six of the seven. That included the “bounceback” scroll, one finger to scroll and tap to zoom.

    Apple was seeking between $2.5 billion and $2.75 billion in damages, and a permanent ban on selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, along with Galaxy mobile phones. Apple got just over $1 billion, and the Galaxy ban will be ruled on by separately by the judge who oversaw the case.

    Samsung, for its part, claimed Apple had infringed five of its patents, demanding $421.8 million in royalties. It didn’t get anything from the jury.

    Although Apple didn’t win everything in its case, it was certainly enough to make the industry stop and take stock.

    It’s not the first time that Samsung has faced serious opposition from Apple. In Australia, Apple succeeded in getting a ban on the sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and in June, a similar ban was imposed by the US. Also in June, Apple also won a court order prohibiting the sale of the Galaxy Nexus, but Samsung was appealing that, meaning the phone stayed on sale.

    It hasn’t all been one sided though. In June, a court in the Hague ruled that Apple had violated a Samsung patent, relating to how some iPhones and iPads connect to the internet. And in a bit of a bittersweet victory, a UK court in July ruled in favour of Samsung because the judge said the Galaxy tablet wasn’t “cool” enough to be confused with the iPad.

    So what now?  It’s likely that Samsung will appeal the ruling. Expect this one to drag on and on.