Head Juror Tells Apple to Go After Google, Leave Samsung Alone
Now that the latest round of patent litigation between Samsung (SSNLF.PK) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has wrapped up, the foreman of the jury on the case has told Apple that it should go after Android-maker Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) rather than a device maker like Samsung, as most of the patents that Apple took issue with were related to the popular Android operating system and not specifically to Samsung devices, which is actually along the lines of what Samsung tried to argue at one point in the trial.
On Friday, the jury granted a symbolic victory to Samsung, saying that the South Korea-based company need only pay Apple $119.6 million in damages when Apple had been asking for a whopping $2 billion. The jury even found that Apple was infringing one of Samsung’s patents and ordered Apple to pay $158,400.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, on Monday, the jury foreman spoke outside the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, saying that Apple should stop suing the companies that make devices running on Android and just go after Google itself. “If you really feel that Google is the cause behind this, as I think everybody has observed, then don’t beat around the bush,” said Tom Dunham, a former executive from International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM). His job at IBM was to oversee developers expected to file patents, per The Wall Street Journal. “Let the courts decide,” he said. “But a more direct approach may be something to think about.”