With a new day, comes new stories relating to the Apple/Samsung court decision. Vel Hogan was a jury foreman in the Apple vs Samsung case who went on Bloomberg TV to talk about how they came to their decision of Samsung paying $1.05 billion to Apple. What he says is very interesting. Mr Hogan explains that while some jurors understood what was going on, some were not as clear. Therefore, they went through and put all the questions and concerns they had on the table, and went through one by one to figure them out. Here is some of that in his words, regarding patent law:
Some were not sure of how prior art could either render a patent acceptable or whether it could invalidate it. What we did is we started talking about one and when the day was over and I was at home, thinking about that patent claim by claim, limit by limit, I had what we would call an a-ha moment and I suddenly decided I could defend this if it was my patent…And with that, I took that story back to the jury and laid it out for them.
Vel makes a lot of good points in this interview, and tells us a lot of what went on in the jury room. The major point though is when he tells us that the jury found the evidence “spoke overwhelmingly” that Samsung had “willfully” infringed upon Apple’s patents. That was the whole case right there. The video is around 16 minutes long, and if you wish to see the whole thing (which in all honestly is interesting to listen to) you can check out the source link below.
What do you think? Are you glad about the decision, or is it wrong? Would you have made the same decision? Let us know in the comments.