Jury Foreman in Apple v. Samsung Patent Battle Says the Biggest Loser in the Case is the ‘Consumer’

The jury foreman in the most recent Apple v. Samsung patent showdown says that the biggest loser in the case wasn't the combatants, but consumers. Speaking to the San Jose Mercury News, jury foreman Thomas Dunham, a retired IBM supervisor who delivered the jury's decision in the case on Monday, said that the case was bad for consumers in the long run, but that he hoped it would help these two companies finally settle the matter outside of a courtroom in the future.

"Ultimately, the consumer is the loser in all this," Dunham told the San Jose Mercury News. "I'd like to see them find a way to settle. I hope this (verdict) in some way helps shape that future."

The jury awarded Apple $120 million, a mere fraction of the $2.2 billion it was looking to get from Samsung for infringing the iPhone technology, including its slide-to-unlock tech. Samsung, sought $38 million in a countersuit, but was awarded about $160,000 after Apple was found t have infringed upon two of Samsung's patents.

"We didn't feel either one was fair and just compensation," Dunham said.

In 2012, a different San Jose federal jury decided that Samsung should pay Apple roughly $1 billion for copying iPhone and iPad technology.

Apple said on Monday that the verdict proved that "Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products."

Samsung countered on Monday, with lead attorney John Quinn taking a verbal shot at jurors:

"Of course we're pleased that the jury awarded Apple six percent of what they were asking for," he said in a statement. "But even that can’t stand, because Apple kept out all the real world evidence and didn’t produce anything to substitute for it, so you have a verdict that's unsupported by evidence—and that's just one of its problems. In post-trial motions and on appeal, we will ask the judge and the federal circuit to cut the six percent verdict to zero, which is where it should end."

Source: Ars Technica

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