Here are Apple and Samsung’s Reactions to the Landmark $1 Billion Dollar Verdict [Update]

This afternoon the Apple vs Samsung jury released their verdict–Samsung infringed on Apple’s patents and they are to pay just over $1 billion dollars in damages. Apple’s official reaction to the case is below (via CNET):

“We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.”

Here’s what Samsung had to say, as noted by the New York Times:

Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.

This is a huge patent verdict, and it sets a precedent to everyone out their in the technology game–create your own stuff and don’t shamelessly copy. I mean, the evidence speaks for itself–Samsung willingly ripped off iOS in every way they could.

Even when Google warned them their designs were too similar to Apple’s, the South Korean company continued on. Maybe Samsung should’ve settled back in 2010 for $250 million instead? That sounds like a bargain now that it is all said and done.

What do you think? How will this blockbuster verdict affect consumers and the tech industry?

Update 1: Here is the jury’s verdict form in its entirety, as posted by ArsTechnica:

Signed Verdict Form

The best part of the form? The jury handwriting the $1 billion amount in damages awarded to Apple.

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  • Ducker

    Sounds like sour grapes from Samsung. ‘We didn’t think of it first and we’re pissed and jealous’. I’m not crazy about monopolies either, but Apple has every right to protect their own innovation and IP.

  • True. Monopoly is not a good thing. However, only a few products have been affected, and they are how outdated. Samsung still has rights to sell S3, witch is the most powerful smartphone on the market I have to admit even though I own iPhone 4S. I would like to add that Apple offered to sell its patents to Samsung, but Samsung thought that it would be cheaper to steal them. Also, whole Asia is copycating Europian and American products and then they sell them for less since they did not invest anything into development.
    Therefore I agree with Gary’s conclusion. Make your own shit and stop whining.

  • bailrs

    You will likely not see an apple television set anytime soon. The S’s will be all over apple

  • Rob

    Apple copies and its allowed, someone else comes up with something vaguely similar and its a lawsuit. Ithink Google should start suing apple for all the similar stuff, ie 7 inch tablet, drop down notification, phone screens larger than what the iphone currrently has (hey if apple can sue to rounded corners everything is fair game)

  • Jay

    Lol Apple whill come out with Swype soon enough and it won’t be copying. How about the burst camera. IPhone will come out with it also with a frame slower or faster and it will be ok.soon you will have to use phones with your feet because iPhone is for hand s .jeez

  • eric

    How ridiculously idiotic. Apple fanboys must be rejoicing in the streets. Sony had rounded corners on rectangles at least in prototype drawings before apple. I used appreciate apple now they’re a bunch of bullies and cry babies. Never catch me with an apple product

  • Ramklov

    How rediculously fantastic. Samsung fanboys must be committing suicide in the streets. Apple had actually produced rounded corners on rectangles before any others. I always appreciate Apple because they’re not a copying and cheating bunch like Samsung. Always a fan of innovative and new products by Apple.

  • +1

  • US_patents_R_A_joke

    This will be my last Apple product. Hopefully I will still have a choice for Samsung in Canada. My next phone will definitely be a Samsung.
    Apple’s joke patents are completely pathetic. I hope Karma gets Apple and the pathetic U.S. patent system. The Kangaroo Court in the U.S. vs. a none U.S. company was not a surprise.

    This is a pathetic judgement.

  • GOODMAN

    Did Mac was copy of Microsoft? If yes? then somewhere someone has to come up with these ideas. like my car has 4 wheels etc etc similar to my buddies BMW, is it a copyright or we keep on inventing better technology. Or one person/company is allowed to invent future on the base of what he/she made or can everybody chip in to make better tomorrow for next generation. Here we are talking about exploring the space. Some cry babies are crying cause somebody build something out of their shape. Crying for stupid phone shape. Can someone stop those who are building nuclear plants, tell them its copyright and they can’t build them. These way at least we can protect the world. To tell you the truth Android is a better product then iSO. TRY IT.