Since Samsung's patent infringement was found to be willful in many cases, the $1.05 billion damages figure could go up. Patent law allows for up to triple damages in cases where infringement is found to be willful, although judges rarely grant that much in additional damages.
Samsung has been the number one seller of smartphones in the U.S. in the past few years, and this verdict will surely alter the balance of power. Apple's ultimate target is Google, which created the Android operating system that runs on Samsung smartphones. Steve Jobs thought Android was a rip-off of Apple products, and vowed to declare "thermonuclear war" on the competing OS, according to his biography.
Now, the world will get a chance to see just what the results of Jobs' promised nuclear attack will be. There's a danger that Samsung products could be kicked off the market following this verdict. However, the jury can't issue such an injunction; that decision will have to be made in the coming weeks by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who oversaw the case.
CNBC staff seen jumping off building
Merissa Ree chain smoking
Bill Griffith cowering corner
Kramer has some explaining to do with his boyfriend bow tie guy
I absolutely love to see these cretins get their just dessert