The jury in Apple vs. Samsung, doubtlessly eager to be out by the weekend, rushed their way through the approximately 26 pages and 55 questions of their instructions and decided that Samsung did indeed violate some of Apple’s patents just over a billion bucks.
Impressive? Not really.
This is not the end. This verdict doesn’t even matter in the long run. This was just another clash.
This case was going to be appealed, no matter who won, the second it started. This is just one more encounter on the case’s way to the Supreme Court. Samsung has lost this skirmish, but not the war.
Let me refresh your memory. Apple started this by suing Samsung around the world. Samsung has replied in kind. Antarctica may be the only continent where the two aren’t locked in battle. The U.S. District Court is just a single battlefield in a much greater war.