Late last week, Samsung suffered a major blow upon the jury delivering its verdict in the company’s lawsuit with Apple. Despite Samsung’s efforts to convince the jury that the patents it was supposedly in violation of weren’t valid to begin with, the jury just didn’t see things that way. Now Samsung has a serious fine to pay, but that could only be the start of the implications this decision will have upon its smartphone and tablet business. What’s going to happen next?
Samsung has stated that no matter what happens, it’s going to take the necessary steps to ensure its products remain available for sale in the US. This is despite Apple discussing the possibility of seeking permanent injunctions against the products ruled to be in violation of its patents.
While the hardware design patents will be tough to work around with existing models, Samsung is reportedly working with carriers on fast-tracking some new “updates” to its existing line of Androids to remove any violating features. The list that names such models consists of older devices, notably many of the GS2 variants, but you can likely expect the same sort of changes across the full extent of Samsung’s lineup.
Those changes might just be a temporary measure, though, as Samsung’s not done fighting the verdict. It’s going to try some post-trial motions to get a result more to its favor, and may end up just appealing the whole thing. All those potential future developments mean that we’re far from the end of this story.