Apple CEO, Tim Cook, addressed Apple employees after winning the biggest patent litigation of all time. A jury found that Samsung had willfully infringed on both Apple’s patents and trade dress for the iPhone and issued a verdict of over $1 billion in damages to be paid to Apple. If only Steve was alive to see this victory.
Today was an important day for Apple and for innovators everywhere.
Many of you have been closely following the trial against Samsung in San Jose for the past few weeks. We chose legal action very reluctantly and only after repeatedly asking Samsung to stop copying our work. For us this lawsuit has always been about something much more important than patents or money. It’s about values. We value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. And we do this to delight our customers, not for competitors to flagrantly copy.
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.
The jury has now spoken. We applaud them for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
I am very proud of the work that each of you do.
Today, values have won and I hope the whole world listens.
This is a visual of what all the fuss was about:
although rudimentary, can you spot the iphone? if so, where is it? this was my attempt at making something fun — i think a worthy test for any apple/samsung jury!