Samsung v. Apple

There's bad blood, and then there's Apple and Samsung. In the most high-profile tech story this year, the two dominant smartphone makers battled in court, with Samsung eventually getting stuck with a billion-dollar damages bill and a possible sales ban on some of its products.

There's bad blood, and then there's Apple and Samsung. A little more than a year after Apple sued the South Korean tech giant for copying its products, followed by Samsung filing its own suit right back, the two frenemies finally headed to court for a trial that would last a little over three weeks.

In the end, a California jury sided almost entirely with Apple, finding that Samsung had, in fact, infringed on a handful of Apple's patents and the look and feel of its products. That resulted in a $1.05 billion damages bill and a possible sales ban on a number of (mostly older) Samsung devices.

The fight is far from over, though. The two companies are scheduled to go back to court in 2014 in a case that involves another group of patents and newer devices. However, some legal experts believe a settlement is likely before that case ever makes it to trial.

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About the author

Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.


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