Apple may have earned a favorable judgment in its latest court battle over patents, but Samsung is the one laughing all the way to the bank. A California jury awarded Apple a mere $ 119.6 million in damages rather than the $ 2+ billion it was seeking.
It may not have been the ideal result for Samsung, but it could have been far, far worse. It amounts to a symbolic victory for the Korean electronics giant, and by proxy, Google. The trial was, after all, just the latest battle in Apple’s war against Android, which Steve Jobs once said he’d go “thermonuclear” to destroy.