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The Jury Is In, You Owe $1 Billion

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That's what Samsung heard today.

The trial we have all been paying attention to has arrived at it's initial decision. Although we are smart enough to know that it's not over and that there will be appeals and other legal maneuvering, the largest question has been answered. The jury took a short time to conclude that Samsung did indeed infringe 7 out of 8 of Apples patents.

Ultimately what this means is yet to be determined, but higher licensing fees to competitors who wish to use the patents is what most pundits are saying. There is still a question of whether Samsung will be ordered to pull products out of circulation or not. Either way, they will have to pay or redesign. Neither of which will bode well since the margins on phones don't leave a whole lot left over for fees and pulling product would be a huge loss.

If I were Google, I'd be a little nervous right about now, since not long before Steve Jobs died, he said he was going to go thermo-nuclear on them for stealing secrets.

It will still be interesting to watch for a while to come.

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Steve Overton has been working with and providing tech support for realtors for more than 20 years. He was a Dale Carnegie Instructor in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for 10 years. During that time, he bought his first handheld device — an Apple Newton — and hasn't looked back since.

Currently a realtor in Vermont at Keller Williams Green Mountain Properties, Steve owns four Macintosh computers, as well as an iPhone, and iPad. He is happily married and lives on 25 acres with his wife of 16 years.