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Apple Jury: Samsung Infringement was Intentional

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A video testimony from senior Samsung executives made it “absolutely” clear to the jury that the infringement was on purpose said the Jury Foreman  on the Apple vs Samsung case, Velvin Hogan, 67.  He said  Apple was very persuading that they needed to protect their innovation.

“We didn’t want to give carte blanche to a company, by any name, to infringe someone else’s intellectual property,” Hogan told Reuters a day after the verdict.    Yet, at the same time he explain the jury did not agree with the damages that Apple was asking for which was $2.5 billion to $2.75 billion.

“We wanted to make sure the message we sent was not just a slap on the wrist,” Hogan said. “We wanted to make sure it was sufficiently high to be painful, but not unreasonable.”

Hogan an engineer, and a patent holder, explained that deliberations were done in less time than was expected including answering 600 questions as required because of the engineering and legal experiences of the jurors which helped with the complex issues. And  they had a  system and only  reviewed what was relevant. Once they determined which patents were valid they went through each product one by one .

“This is a huge victory for Apple,” Mark Lemley, a Stanford Law School professor, said in an e-mail. “The verdict is just large enough to be the largest surviving patent verdict in history.”

“Even more important is the injunction Judge Koh is likely to issue,” Lemley said after yesterday’s verdict. “The real question is whether this is enough to derail the momentum the Android ecosystem has gained in the marketplace.”

“All of us feel we were fair, that we can stand by our verdict and that we have a clear conscience in that we were totally not biased one way or another,” Hogan said.


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