Apple Still Wins Despite the Retrial

Samsung is decrying the verdict it lost to Apple in the recent Patent Retrial

Barring a huge smoking gun that never appeared, Samsung was all but assured a loss in the recent Apple v. Samsung patent retrial.  Well, that’s at least my opinion. Your mileage may vary.

In total, Samsung had been ordered to pay Apple $1.05B in damages.  However, Judge Lucy Koh reduced that amount by over $400M.  Samsung was still on the hook for approximately $600M.  A retrial was ordered on the damages, with Judge Koh asking Apple to reassess what they felt they were entitled to.  Apple asked for $380M.

They were recently awarded an addition $290M, or just over 76% of their requested amount.  That brings Samsung’s total liability – barring any appeals, which I’m certain you can count on – to $890M.

When asked for a comment on the recent verdict, Apple had the following to say,
“For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money,” Apple said in a statement following the verdict. “It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. While it’s impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost.”

Apple v Samsung Devices

Samsung has been trying to get the entire case thrown out of court and had filed two demands for mistrial.  One was for an alleged anti-Asian statement by Apple counsel, Bill Lee.  Mr. Lee is him self, an Asian-American.  So, uh… yeah, no.

Samsung also tried to have the case dismissed via mistrial due to a statement from the USPTO demanding that Apple defend its patent claims against invalidity.

Both requests were denied.

I’ve owned a number of Samsung devices.  There’s no doubt in my mind, based on the visual evidence alone, that Samsung copied Apple designs. It is, in my opinion, blatant.  I mean… just look at the device comparison graphic from the trial of Samsung devices before and after the introduction of the iPhone.  If that’s not blatant copying, I don’t know what is.

However, that’s my opinion. I’d love to hear what you have to say.  Why don’t you join me in the discussion below and give me your opinion.

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Samsung expands 9-Series laptop line with five new models

Samsung announced an expanded Series 9 laptop line of ultra-thin laptops scheduled to arrive on store shelves in time for the back-to-school shopping season. The expanded line of ultra-thin and lightweight models (something similar to Apple’s MacBook Air) includes five different configurations.

“We’ve seen a very positive reception to the original Series 9 models introduced at CES earlier this year,” said Scott Ledterman, director of mobile PC marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division. “As we look to expand the line for the remainder of the year, we’ve maintained the premium duralumin design and form factor while offering consumers a wider range of options and powerful performance.”

The new line of Samsung Series 9 will be launching over the next four weeks at major electronics retailers and online. Pricing for the new models will range from $1,049 to $2,049.

There are three new 13.3-inch and two new 11.6-inch Series 9 models, the latter of which will begin shipping in August.

The 13.3-inch models (available right away):

  • NP900X3A-B01US (1.6GHz Core i5 2467M, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD) – $1,349,
  • NP900X3A-B02US (1.6GHz Core i5 2467M, 4GB of RAM, 256GB SSD) –  $1,649,
  • NP900X3A-A05US (1.6GHz Core i7 2617M, 6GB of RAM, 256GB SSD) –  $2,049.

The 11.6-inch models (available in August):

  • NP900X1B-A02US (1.3GHz Core i3 2357M, 2GB of RAM, 64GB SSD) –  $1,049,
  • NP900X1B-A01US (1.3GHz Core i3, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD) –  $1,249.

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