By Alex Veiga
LOS ANGELES -- Apple (AAPL) and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features.
The companies' most-recent legal tussle all but concluded on Friday, when a California jury found that Samsung copied some of Apple's smartphone features. The panel also concluded that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents in creating the iPhone 4 and 5.
All told, the jury awarded Samsung $158,400 and Apple $119 million, far less than the $2.2 billion the company sought.
Jurors were ordered to return to court Monday to continue deliberations on a minor matter that could result in a higher award for Apple.
Before determining whether the companies copied phone technologies, jurors had to consider several patents. Here's a look at select patents and the jury's conclusions:
- Official description: System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.
- What it really means: In a mobile device, the technology described in this patent is used to display a pop-up menu of options. One example: When you highlight a phone number on the touch screen, and the software gives you a prompt of options.
- The jury's verdict: The jury found that Apple proved Samsung infringed on the patent across several mobile devices, including the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S III and Stratosphere.
- Official description: Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system.
- What it really means: This patent covers a process that's similar to the function of a search engine. It enables the mobile device to access information from a variety of locations, while only listing relevant data for the user. One of the features in the patent is a graphic interface showing a "go-to" menu option in a text input window.
- The jury's verdict: Apple failed to prove Samsung infringed on this patent.