What happened behind closed doors at the Apple-Samsung patent trial? Quite a lot according to these stories published over the weekend after Friday night’s verdict
, which saw the jury order Samsung to pay more than US$1 billion in damages for violating Apple iPhone patents.
Another juror, Manual Ilagan, told CNET.com
that while some discussions were heated, the jury didn’t rush its verdict. He said he found some Samsung executive emails “pretty damning.” What you may also find interesting from this piece is how Ilagan’s recollection of how influential foreman Hogan was on others.
If so, then Apple’s ability to have a person with patent experience in the IT industry on the jury may have been decisive.
Ilagan’s discussion of why the jury didn’t support Apple’s claims against Samsung for infringing iPad designs is also interesting.
Meanwhile Groklaw, a blog by a paralegal, found an interesting wrinkle
: To help the jury calculate possible damages, the judge gave a form to the jury. Samsung found some inconsistences and asked the judge to send an ammended form to the jury. In turn, the jury sent back a note asking for an explanation. When the jury’s verdict and damages were released,
things still didn’t line up right. So, the author argues, the verdict won’t stand up on appeal.