Manuel Ilagan, one of the jurors in the landmark U.S. Apple vs. Samsung trial, which resulted in a sweeping $1 billion victory for Apple yesterday, has revealed that they, the jury, knew after the first day that Samsung had wronged Apple. The revelation comes as Ilagan began speaking to CNET's Greg Sandoval about what was going through the jury's mind during the trial and the deliberation that followed.
Well, there were several [pieces of compelling evidence]. The e-mails that went back and forth from Samsung execs about the Apple features that they should incorporate into their devices was pretty damning to me. And also on the last day they showed the pictures of the phones that Samsung made before the iPhone came out and ones that they made after iPhone came out. Some of the Samsung executives they presented on video from Korea, I thought they were dodging the questions. They didn't answer one of them. They didn't help their cause.
The jury not only found Samsung in violation of several Apple patents, but in willful violation, which could potential increase damages in the post-trial phase that follows. Samsung will try to get the decision reversed or the damages lowered, Apple will try to get Samsung devices banned and the damages as much as trebled in some areas.
While a jury in one case, in one jurisdiction can't be extrapolated into the larger, world wide Apple vs. Samsung patent dispute, the narrative Apple was able to tell, the momentum given to them by the victory, and what Ilagan is revealing about this jury's take on the strength of Apple's case should be carefully considered by all parties going forward.
CNET's interview with Manuel Ilagan is ongoing. You can follow along via the link below.