A jury in San Jose California, ruled that Samsung’s smart phones violate six patents held by Apple. Samsung will have to pay over $1 billion dollars. Some of the violations include UI design and and specific touch control features including tap to zoom.
Samsung sought $421 million in a counter-suit and despite wining a few arguments, was not awarded any money.
I think this will take some time for us all to digest and the impact on the smartphone market remains to be seen. This could potentially stunt the growth of innovation by competitors of Apple, which is never a good thing, but on the other hand it forces companies to be different, way different, and forces them to create something truly unique to their brand. Let’s just hope for the latter.