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Apple-Samsung trial: Highs and lows

Kartik Sharma | Aug. 30, 2012
Finally, it is decided. The California Court gave the much-awaited verdict when it declared that Samsung must pay Apple US$1.05 billion, a significant amount though it is much less than the Korean company's net annual profits solely in US.

Finally, it is decided. The California Court gave the much-awaited verdict when it declared that Samsung must pay Apple US$1.05 billion, a significant amount though it is much less than the Korean company's net annual profits solely in US.

Samsung has already earned billions of dollars by selling these controversial products, and has already come up with revamped products with new design and free from the controversial features. 

In either way, the verdict ends a milestone trial between the two IT giants. Although the verdict is quite complex, it states various Samsung products and company subsidiaries to infringed Apple's patent.

Like the verdict, the whole path traversed by this epic trail is quite complex, consisting of several highs and lows for both, the Korean, and the US company. We recap the milestones in the more than a year long journey of the Apple-Samsung patent trial.

April 15, 2011: Apple sues Samsung, says it copied iPad 

It all started on April 15, 2011. Apple sued Samsung for allegedly copying the iPad, iPod and iPhone with its Galaxy Tab and Galaxy handsets. 

In the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple complained that Samsung copied Apple technologies, designs, and even packaging with its Google Android-based products, and asked for a jury trial in the case.

April 24, 2011: Samsung Countersues Apple in Ongoing Patent Silliness

This is where the insanity begins. Samsung responded Apple's patent infringements by countersuing the US giant for infringing its patents; 10 patents in three different countries -- Japan, South Korea.

 July 03, 2011: Samsung Drops Countersuit

This trick of countersuing Apple did not work long for Samsung. Seeing its case getting weaker, the company withdrew its countersuit against Apple. It was not surrender but a smart step to take back the step taken in hurry. Samsung now wanted to fall back and regroup to consolidate its legal position and business operations. 

November 07, 2011: Samsung, Apple to sign peace treaty 

Then the legal battle went on for months with trials after trials. Obviously, it was becoming a costly legal affair, hence it was strongly voiced in the market from the sources from both the companies that the two companies will come to an agreement rather than continue with long, costly legal actions.

 December 18, 2011: Samsung files four more patent claims against Apple

 However, the battle had to continue and turn into one of the most controversial legal wars between IT companies. This time Samsung played the card and attacked Apple from different Geography. The Korean company filed four additional patent claims against Apple in a German court while also going to trial over three other patents that Samsung complained are infringed by Apple.

 

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