Almost six years after a federal jury awarded Apple over $1 billion for Samsung infringements of iPhone intellectual properties, a jury retrying the damages portion of the case has reached a unanimous verdict, modifying the figure to $538,641,656 across five design and utility patents.
This time, a jury in a northern California US district court in San Jose deliberated for five days to decide the fresh penalty in a case that alleged that Samsung's Android handsets used design elements stolen from the iPhone maker.
Since then it's all been about the damages, and Samsung won a big victory in the Supreme court that said it only had to pay out based on the profit from the infringing component. Although Samsung was determined to have infringed on Apple's patents literally years ago, the amount that Samsung owes has been kicked up and down through the judicial system ever since. Samsung was found liable in a 2012 trial, but a disagreement over the amount to be paid led to a retrial over damages.
"We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers", the company said. In 2013, Apple was awarded $290 million, only for this to be appealed by Samsung to the Supreme Court.
The verdict in this final case is in and Samsung has lost.
Jurors tacked on an additional $5 million in damages for a pair of patented functions.
In this case, the jury decided that it was indeed the whole phone - and this could have ramification for future, similar, trials. It sought $2.5 billion in damages initially with the verdict awarding the Cupertino company $1.02 billion. That means Samsung is being ordered to pay more than half a billion dollars. A little over a year later, a jury awarded more than $1 billion to Apple, paving the way for years of legal hassle.
Samsung lawyer John Quinn said the verdict isn't "supported by the evidence", and that the company would raise its objections in court filings, raising the possibility of a further court appeal.
The feud over patents between the tech giants has been ongoing since 2011 when Apple first filed a lawsuit alleging Samsung's smartphones and tablets "slavishly" copied its owns.
Apple argued in court that the iPhone was a "bet-the-company" project at Apple and that design is as much the "article of manufacture" as the device itself. Samsung patent infringement case.
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