NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Shares of

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

climbed almost 3% before market open on Monday, boosted by the tech giant's victory in its

patent battle

with

Samsung

.

A jury late Friday in San Jose, Calif., awarded Apple

$1.05 billion

in the closely watched patent case, ruling that the Korean phone giant had "willfully" infringed a number of "valid" Apple iPhone patents.

The landmark case could have

major implications

on the technology landscape, bolstering Apple's confidence in the ongoing tech patent wars.

Samsung, however, looks likely to

appeal

the ruling.

Apple shares, which hit a new all-time high last week, rose 2.83% to $682.02 on Monday. The Cupertino, Calif.-based firm was also one of the most active premarket Nasdaq stocks on share volume of 476,723.

The verdict sent premarket ripples through Silicon Valley.

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

, which makes the Android operating system used on many of Samsung's phones, was down 1.85% to $666.10 before market open.

BlackBerry maker

Research In Motion

(RIMM)

, a rival of both Apple's iOS and Android, climbed 6.34% to $7.38. The Canadian handset maker was also the most active premarket Nasdaq stocks on share volume of 499,963.

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

, which touts its Windows Phone operating system, was up 1.21% to $30.93.

Away from all the Apple/Samsung brouhaha, virtualization specialist

VMware

(VMW) - Get Report

is holding its annual VMworld conference in San Francisco this week. The software maker's shares crept up 0.86% to $93 early on Monday.

--Written by James Rogers in New York.

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