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) -- Shares of



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

patent battle




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.

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Samsung, however, looks likely to


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.



, 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


, 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.



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

Away from all the Apple/Samsung brouhaha, virtualization specialist



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.

Follow @jamesjrogers

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