Samsung Did Not Wilfully Infringe Apple "Patents"...
Ok, so the latest rulings for the Samsung vs Apple case are in. The main points to take from it are as follows:
- No retrial
- No further money for Apple.
So now that's out of the way, lets jump to one of the things that the judge used to make those decisions, that I find incomprehensible. The Judge actually says that she found Samsung did not willfully infringe because... "all the prior art that their experts testified showed that the Apple patents were invalid".
Ok, so the Judge found that Samsung did enough to convince her that the patents were invalid, and that's why she didn't rule that Samsung had to be pay more over the top of the $1 billion they have already paid Apple. The jury in the case actually dismissed prior art due to the software that Apple used (essentially, ios), could not be ran on the CPU of any prior art. But note, that is not a valid reason by law to actually exclude prior art. Well, the jury did it anyway and from that moment on dismissed any prior art in calculating their damages award of $1 billion.
I'm trying to put aside my Android bias on this one, to see it for what it is, and it looks like an utter disgrace and miscarriage of justice. That's not just my point of view, I also urge you to read Groklaw's in-depth summary of what has gone on as well.
What do you guys think about all this?