A quick background
Just before Apple launched the iPhone, it initiated the process of filing patents for a range of different features of the device, and after its launch, added to that a series of Patent applications for design and user interface features of the smartphone.
On the strength of these filings, the company later sued Samsung in the United States alleging that Samsung had violated Apple patents in many of its devices including the popular Nexus S.
Not one to take this kind of allegation lying down, Samsung filed a counter suit in Germany and Korea alleging that Apple had violated Samsung patents.
What happened next?
The Courts in Korea ruled in favour of both parties. They held that Samsung has violated some of Apple’s patents, and that Apple had done the same to its korean foe. Both parties were allowed to claim damages.
Along with Korea, the companies battled it out in Australia, Germany, Japan and The United States. While Samsung lost in Germany, it won in Japan. The most epic battle was fought in the United States.
The case of Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electric Co
Everyone knows the verdict of this case – Samsung was originally ordered to pay upwards of a billion dollars (Rs. 6200 crore+) and then that was revised downward to around $980 million (Rs. 5800 crore).