We weren't biased towards Apple, says jury foreman

31/08/2012

We Werent Biased Towards Apple, Says Jury Foreman

The verdict in the recent Apple-Samsung patent trial in the US sent shockwaves throughout the technology industry and left the South Korean firm reeling.

Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion (£665 million) after it was found guilty of infringing several of software technologies and design patents.

The South Korean company's own claims that Apple had breached its patents were rejected and experts have suggested this ruling could see less choice for the consumer.

Technology officer at Multicast Labs Velvin Hogan was foreman in the jury and he spoke to BBC News to address concerns he had about some of the reports that claimed he and the jury members were biased.

Mr Hogan said the jury wanted to send out a message to the industry with the punishment doled out.

"If you wilfully take the risk to cross the line and start infringing and you get caught, and again I emphasise wilfully, you need to be prepared to pay the cost for that," he told the news provider.