Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) huge patent-trial victory over Samsung Electronics Co. (PINK: SSNLF) has radically shifted the balance of power among the world's mobile computing combatants.
The implications of Apple's victory extend well beyond the two tech giants. As another black mark against Google Inc.'s (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android, the decision could spark a move away from the free operating system toward alternatives.
A nine-member jury found that all 21Samsung products in the suit had infringed on Apple patents and awarded the Cupertino, CA, company $1.05 billion in damages.
The jury dismissed Samsung's counterclaims, awarding it zero in damages.
"This is the best-case scenario Apple could have hoped for," Brian Love, a Santa Clara law school professor, told Reuters.
The markets agreed, sending Samsung stock down as much as 8% on the South Korean stock exchange. AAPL, meanwhile, was up nearly 3% in early trading to a new high of $682.07, though it slipped back later in the day.
Samsung said it would appeal the ruling, but few analysts give the company much of a chance at overturning the verdict.
In fact, it's more likely things will get worse for Samsung. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh could double or even triple the damages based on the jury's finding that Samsung "willfully" infringed on Apple's patents.
And Apple said it planned to file for an injunction to halt the sales of Samsung's infringing products in the United States, which would be a far bigger blow than the unusually large monetary damages. A hearing on that is expected Sept. 20.
While Apple and Samsung have filed dozens of lawsuits against each other around the world, the case decided Friday was considered the most important because it concerned the U.S. market.
That the Apple-Samsung patent case decision heavily favored Apple surprised many analysts, most of whom expected a more balanced outcome.
Let's take a closer look at what the Apple-Samsung verdict means to the major players in the $219 billion mobile computing market.