After a year of filing the complaint by Apple Inc., the jury decided that to give a better touch to its smartphones, Samsung used the innovative technology developed by Apple. The decision of jury came on last Friday. The jury also ordered Samsung to pay $1.05 billion to Apple.

Apple Inc. filed the lawsuit in April 2011 and demanded $2.5 billion from its top smartphone competitor for patent infringement. In response, Samsung Electronics Co. fired back with its own lawsuit seeking $399 million from Apple Inc.

The jury rejected all the claims by Samsung, and also a few claims by Apple against Samsung. One of them was Apple claiming two dozen Samsung devices has used features developed by Apple. The number was less so jury declined to award $2.5 billion that Apple demanded. Samsung used several features like ‘bounce-back’ feature and zoom with a finger tap, to say a few.

Apple also demanded that Samsung stop selling its popular smartphones and computer tablets from the U.S. market. Apple and Samsung combined account for more than half of global smartphone sales.

Samsung has emerged as one of Apple’s biggest rivals in recent times and has overtaken Apple as the leading smartphone maker. Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones runs on Android, a mobile operating system that Google Inc. has developed and given out for free to Samsung and other phone makers.

Samsung conceded that Apple makes great products but said it doesn’t have a monopoly on the design of rectangle phones with rounded corners that it claimed it created.

Samsung sold 22.7 million smartphones and tablets that Apple claimed uses its technology. McElhinny said those devices accounted for $8.16 billion in sales since June 2010.

Benefit to other Operating Systems

There is an OS that will be benefitted from this win of Apple over Samsung. This is a major platform in the smartphone market whose look and feel isn’t like that of Apple’s iOS, and there are no chances that it’ll be sued by Apple. It is the Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

Microsoft has just launched Windows 8 for computers, tablets & smartphones. Microsoft will unite its desktop/tablet and phone operating systems with shared code. That means it’ll be very easy for developers to make apps that work across all Windows machines. For any manufacturer that doesn’t want to lose the market, Microsoft promises protection with its Windows 8 platform.


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