Samsung ordered to pay Apple $119.6M in damages for copying its products!

Apple-Vs-Samsung

The verdict has just been given in the second trial opposing Apple to Samsung, which has taken place in California over the last month.

After hearing 50 hours of testimonies and deliberating for three days, the jury has finally come to an agreement and found that Samsung has infringed on three Apple patents, while Apple infringed on one Samsung patent

Apple-30-years-of-Mac-Apple-Stores-window-displaysApple filed the lawsuit in February 2012, asserting Samsung’s violated five Apple patents with its Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy SII, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Tab II 10.1, and other devices. Samsung responded with a counterclaim, stating two Samsung patents were infringed on within the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPod touch (5th generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and MacBook Pro.

The jury found that:

  • all Samsung devices infringe on Quick Links patent ’647
  • all Samsung devices infringe on Predictive Text patent ’172
  • some Samsung devices infringe on Slide to Unlock patent ’721
  • Samsung did not infringe on Universal Search patent ’959
  • Samsung did not infringe on Background Sync patent ’414
  • Apple did infringe on Video Transmission patent ’239
  • Apple did not infringe on Camera & Folder Organization patent ’449

The jury ruled that Samsung should pay Apple $119,625,000 in damages, which is far from the $2.2 billion Apple was asking for Samsung infringing on its patent. Samsung was claiming it only owed no more than $38M.

The jury also found that Apple infringed on one Samsung patent related to the way FaceTime handles video streaming, awarding the Korean company $158,400 in damages from Apple.

Of course, $119M is pocket change for Apple, but was it ever about money? Probably not. Although these are mixed results, Apple did make a point that Samsung was indeed infringing on some of its patents. This point is likely not as big as Apple would have wanted, making it more of a symbolic win for Apple than a proper victory.

In a statement to Recode, Apple said:

We are grateful to the jury and the court for their service. Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: that Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products. We are fighting to defend the hard work that goes into beloved products like the iPhone, which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers.

Even though Samsung must pay Apple almost $120M in damages, you can’t help but think the lawyers for the company are still taking this as a victory, considering the first trial didn’t end up so well for the Korean giant.

Update: While examining the jury’s decision, Apple found it was not awarded damages for the Galaxy SII, which was found infringing on one patent. The jury decided to come back on Monday to sort out damages Apple should be awarded for this.

Samsung rapidly-growing in Europe, closing in on Apple !

The UK continues to be Apple’s European fortress against the invading hordes of Android smartphones. That’s the word from Internet firm comScore, which announced Monday most European cell phone owners have adopted smartphones. In the United Kingdom, Apple is holding onto a slim 4 point-lead.

Meanwhile, South Korea-based Samsung experiences double-digit growth. Germany is the only European nation where smartphone penetration has not reached at least 50 percent. In the UK and Spain, two countries where consumers have largely abandoned landlines, smartphone adoption is at 62.3 percent and 63.2 percent, respectively.

But the real story could be the tight race between Apple and Samsung, fueled by Android’s growing presence in Europe…

As the above chart shows, Apple as of October was at 28 percent of the UK market, a 1.5 percent increase over the same period in 2011. Samsung was close behind at 24 percent of the market, a 12.8 percent increase over 2011, according to comScore.

RIM and HTC hover in the 2.5-2.7 percent range, while Nokia slips under the ten percent mark.

Are these numbers worrisome for Apple?

Certainly.

But as TechCrunch notes, the October figures do not capture any growth from the holiday period, expected to be strong for the iPhone maker.

When it comes to the battle between iOS and Android, the Google smartphone operating system currently has the upper hand.

According to comScore, Android has 46.6 percent of the UK smartphone market, while Apple is #2 with 28 percent. However, like the handset chart, the growth of Android is at a double-digit 12.4 percent while Apple maintains 1.5 percent growth.

Increasingly, the smartphone race is becoming a two-company field: Apple and Samsung. Symbian saw the largest drop in usage – 10.8 percent – while Microsoft saw a microscopic 0.5 percent increase to 3.1 percent of UK users above the age of 13.

While comScore’s MobiLens survey measures smartphone usage, the recent Kantar Worldpanel covered smartphone sales. The firm announced Android had more than 60 percent of smartphones purchased.

Worldwide Smart Connected Device Market: Led by Samsung and Apple!

Samsung led Q3 with market share (21.8%), Apple led with value ($34.1 billion)

FORTUNE — Once again, Samsung and Apple are the big winners in the quarterly Worldwide Connected Smart Device report that IDC released Monday.

Combined shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones grew a healthy 27.1% year over year in the third quarter of 2012 according to IDC — a total of 303.6 million devices worth $140.4 billion. But the growth was heavily weighted to the markets where Samsung and Apple dominate: smartphones and tablets.

IDC expects more of the same this holiday season: tablet shipments in Q4 are expected to grow 55.8% and smartphones 39.5%, while PC shipments are expected to decline slightly from this quarter a year ago.

In a set of stats that neatly sums up the competition between the two companies, IDC reports that Samsung maintained the top position in market share (21.8%) based on shipments, while Apple, which ranked second in shipments, led all vendors in the value of products shipped ($34.1 billion).

“The battle between Samsung and Apple at the top of the smart connected device space is stronger than ever,” says IDC’s Ryan Reith. “Both vendors compete at the top of the tablet and smartphone markets. However, the difference in their collective ASPs [average selling price] is a telling sign of different market approaches. The fact that Apple’s ASP is $310 higher than Samsung’s with just over 20 million fewer shipments in the quarter speaks volumes about the premium product line that Apple sells.”

The chart above shows IDC’s forecasts for the next four years.

Below: IDC’s spreadsheets.

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S III ad takes on the iPhone 5!

“It doesn’t take a genius,” according to Samsung’s new ad, to see that the Samsung Galaxy S III is a better handset than Apple’s new iPhone 5. “The next big thing is already here,” it says.

The ad, which Samsung will start running in national and regional newspapers tomorrow, does a side-by-side comparison of the two phones, with the Galaxy S III appearing superior…

Admittedly, the S III looks better on paper: larger screen, better battery life, more RAM, and a longer list of features. But, to be fair, Samsung lists things like “Turn Over To Mute,” “Tilt To Zoom,” and “Shake To Update” for its handset, which comes off as trying to pad the stats.

Anyway, technical specifications have never really been Apple’s cup of tea. You won’t find it putting 8-core processors in its handsets, or things like NFC, just so it looks good on paper. No, Apple’s strengths are its hardware, its reliable software, and the “it just works” mentality that comes with all of its products. If you’re a specs person, the iPhone’s probably not for you.

The new iPad Retina display is made by .. Samsung !?

In the months leading up to the unveiling of the new iPad, the rumor mill seemed pretty confident that the tablet would be getting a high resolution Retina display. But we weren’t quite sure who was going to be making them.

There was a lot of speculation regarding Sharp as a possible manufacturer. And the same with LG. But according to a new report from Bloomberg, the sole display-maker for the new iPad has been none other than Samsung…

That’s right, Samsung — the company currently involved in more than a dozen lawsuits around the globe with Apple over patent infringement. Hey Apple, if you don’t want Samsung stealing your ideas, stop having them build your products.

But from the sounds of things, Apple didn’t have much of a choice in the matter this time. Here’s an excerpt from the Bloomberg article:

“Achieving this high resolution without compromising on the power consumption and brightness and maintaing Apple’s quality standards are supposedly proving to be a challenge for LG Display and Sharp.”

With a resolution of 2048 x 1536, the iPad’s screen is the sharpest of any tablet on the market — by a fairly large margin. But given that Samsung is making the displays, it wouldn’t surprise us to see a similar one pop up in the next Galaxy Tab.

We’ve certainly heard the saying, “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” But any closer, and Samsung would be in Apple’s R&D labs.