Nilay Patel on what this all means:After two and a half days of deliberations, the Apple vs. Samsung jury returned a decisive verdict in Apple’s favor today — holding that Samsung owes Apple $1.05 billion for copying Apple’s intellectual property. Specifically, the jury found that all three of Apple’s software patents on the iOS user interface were valid and infringed by a long list of Samsung devices, that Apple design patents were valid and infringed by several Samsung phones, and that Apple’s trade dress on the iPhone and iPhone 3G were diluted by several Samsung phones as well.
I wasn’t surprised by the victory, but I was shocked by just have decisive it was. As Nilay Patel writes, “There is no way to interpret this as anything but a sweeping, definitive victory for Apple.”
As I tweeted yesterday: in all honesty, I don’t know if this is good or bad for the industry. But there’s no question Samsung were shameless copycats. I mean, just look at the image above. That’s not a company trying to make a smartphone like the iPhone, that’s a company trying to make the iPhone. They failed, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.