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Quick verdict in Apple trial doesn't mean jury shirked its duty, expert says

James Niccolai | Aug. 26, 2012
With the verdict in the Apple-Samsung trial delivered after less than three days it's tempting to think the jury just wanted to get it over with by the weekend, but that's not necessarily the case, one legal expert said Friday.

That belief among jurors may also help to explain why they reached a verdict so quickly.

"Samsung had a huge hurdle, which is that even lay people know [Apple's] phones changed everything, and for them to be able to fight that was already very difficult," he said.

The jury also found that Samsung infringed Apple's patents wilfully, or knowingly. In those circumstances a judge can often award treble damages.

"Wilful infringement often makes things go through the roof; Samsung is in big trouble, no question," said Futterman.

 

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