“The jury has reached a verdict in the landmark trial between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. over which company invented signature features of their popular smartphones and tablets, or whether they copied each other’s innovations,” Jessica E. Vascellaro reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The California jury found that Samsung smartphones and devices infringed on at least three Apple patents, including patents relating to touch-screen screen features such as multitouch gestures and zooming,” Vascellaro reports. “The jury also found that Samsung infringed on an Apple design patent. The verdict, which includes patent claims by Samsung against Apple, was still being read in court.”

Vascellaro reports, “The jury informed Judge Lucy Koh Friday afternoon that it had reached a verdict after about 22 hours of deliberation spanning three days—a quick decision for such a complex case.”

MacDailyNews Take: Blatantly obvious infringement helps seepd things along, dontcha know.

Vascellaro reports, “The verdict ends a nearly month-long trial that pitted two of the world’s largest and most recognizable companies—and their high-priced legal teams. While the ruling won’t affect any of the companies’ latest products, it could shape how smartphones and tablets are designed and the fortunes of companies that make them.”

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Ina Fried reports for AllThingsD, “In at least some cases, the infringement was found to be willful, which could lead the judge to raise the amount of damages awarded to Apple.”

“It wasn’t a clean sweep as the seven man, two woman jury did find in Samsung’s favor on some patents as to a handful of the 20-something phones and tablets that Apple had accused Samsung of infringing. However, the jury found in Apple’s favor on a number of Samsung’s most popular phones,” Fried reports. “The jury has yet to announce its decision on Samsung’s countersuit.”

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“The jury also awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET. “Apple had originally sought $2.75 billion in damages, and though it wasn’t unanimous on all counts, the verdict was overwhelmingly in Apple’s favor. Samsung, which asked for $421 million in its countersuit, did not receive a nickel.”

Apple’s statement: We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trail showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.

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MacDailyNews Take: Boom!

Hooray for justice!

We now await Samsung’s expected appeal with bated breath, but not before a weekend of partying!