On August 27, 2012, American University Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property held an event on the Apple-Samsung verdict and litigation.
Professor Jorge Contreras, who researches and teaches on patent licensing and is a frequent public commenter on the case, discussed Apple’s utility patent claims. Professor Jonas Anderson, who teaches patent law and has litigated design patent cases, discussed Apple’s design patent claims. Professor Christine Farley, a scholar and teacher of U.S. and international trademark law, discussed Apple’s trade dress claims.
On August 25 Apple won a stunning victory in its long-running patent battle with Samsung. A jury in San Jose, California decided for Apple on nearly all counts, finding Samsung liable for willfully infringing Apple’s patents covering the design of its iPhone and iPad products, as well as features like “tap to zoom” and other finger-sliding commands. Samsung was unsuccessful in asserting its own patents, mostly covering wireless telecommunications standards, against Apple. The jury assessed more than $1 billion in damages against Samsung, an amount that could be further increased by the judge. Even more critically, a hearing has been set for Sept. 20 to determine whether the court will issue an injunction preventing the sale of Samsung’s products in the US.