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US court orders Samsung to pay Apple $1bn in damages

The long-running patent battle between Apple and Samsung has come to a dramatic end with a US court ordering Samsung to pay Apple $1.05bn (£665m) in damages for infringing intellectual property.

The long-running patent battle between Apple and Samsung has come to a dramatic end with a US court ordering Samsung to pay Apple $1.05bn (£665m) in damages for infringing intellectual property.

In the end the jury concluded that Samsung had infringed Apple's software and design patents in a number of its devices such as the Galaxy S, Mesemerize, Galaxy Prevail and Infuse handsets.

Apple says it will now seek import bans on several of Samsung's products. The South Korean electronics giant says it will appeal against the decision.

Apple said it applauded the court "for finding Samsung's behaviour wilful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn't right".

However, Samsung hit back, saying "it will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices... it is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners".

Apple had wanted $2.5bn in damages, Samsung had sought $519m.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.