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The $1.045 billion certainly a staggering sum; however, considering the fact that Samsung made a profit of $4.5 billion in the most recent June quarter alone, it would seem as though monetary damages may not be the greatest concern for Samsung. The injunction levied against them may prove to have a much more severe impact in the long run. While only a handful of Samsung's products are facing bans at the moment, if more of its products are encompassed in the injunction it could cost them many times more than the +$1 billion verdict. Also, lowered investor confidence as a result of the ruling sent Samsung shares plummeting to a four year low.
On the plus side, consumers may turn out as winners in the end. Analysts and legal experts believe vendors will be forced to innovate to avoid Apple patent lawsuits. “Companies will need to be much more careful about adopting Apple's design language,” Says Van Lindberg, an IP and Open source attorney. “Other companies will be forced to adopt new and less Apple-like designs.”
Garnter analyst Michael Gartenberg concurs. “Apple patents being upheld will force industry toward innovation and differentiation. That's not a bad thing.”
A scanned copy of the Jury verdict form used in the ruling can be viewed here.