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Samsung told to pay Apple $1bn for copying its products

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A US jury on Friday ruled that some of Samsung’s flagship mobile devices copied designs and software features from Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

The nine jurors sitting at a courthouse in San Jose ordered the South Korean company to pay Apple just over one billion dollars in damages (800 million euros)

The California-based tech giant had sought more than double that amount.

The jury agreed Samsung had copied the system used to display text and icons, as well as mimicking the overall design and feel of Apple’s bestsellers.

The jurors also found that Samsung had infringed Apple’s patents by copying its tap-to-zoom feature.

Samsung’s smartphones and tablets are powered by Google’s Android operating system.

Apple is expected to seek an outright US ban on the offending Samsung products, such as the Galaxy II smartphone.

Samsung has vowed to appeal the verdict.

Both companies have been locked in legal battles on four continents as they battle for dominance in a highly profitable and booming segment.