After 21 hours of deliberation, a nine-person jury sided with Apple today on a majority of its patent infringement claims against Samsung Electronics, and awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages. This Apple attorney, who identified himself as Jason Bartlett, a partner at Morrison & Foerster, and who braved San Jose's summer heat in a sweater vest, declined to speak to reporters after the verdict.
U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh, shown here in today's courtroom sketch, noticed some irregularities in the initial verdict -- Samsung was being penalized for products that did not meet the infringement requirements as laid out in the forms, and sent the jury back for more deliberations. They came back and slightly lowered the amount that Samsung, barring any other adjustments, will owe Apple. Look for pro-Samsung types to point to this as evidence that this jury was not exactly unbiased.
Apple's attorneys leave the courthouse after the billion-dollar jury verdict. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a postverdict memo to employees: "We owe a debt of gratitude to the jury who invested their time in listening to our story. We were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung's copying went far deeper than we knew."
Victoria Maroulis and Kevin Johnson, both partners at Quinn Emanuel, which is representing Samsung, leave the courthouse. They declined to speak to reporters, but Samsung said in a statement: "Today's verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices."
CNET correspondent Josh Lowensohn, who by our count filed at least 67 articles from the trial, speaks to TV reporters after today's jury verdict. It was a tricky legal issue: there were more than 700 questions regarding alleged infringement by both companies, and many involved highly technical issues. The jurors took only two-and-a-half days to reach its verdict.
TV and radio reporters stake out the federal courthouse in San Jose. The jurors, however, declined to speak to the press. The judge suggested that they might leave the building by another exit. One jury member owns an iPhone, and no one owns a Samsung smartphone. However, two of them own Samsung feature phones. An unemployed juror said he doesn't own a mobile phone.
Over a dozen TV outlets showed up at the federal courthouse in San Jose this afternoon after the jury announced it was finished with its deliberations and was ready to report back its verdict. An informal CNET poll shows that our readers are roughly split over siding with Apple or Samsung, with a slight edge to Apple.