Jury Orders Samsung to Pay Apple US$119.6 Million in Infringement Case
**Updated on 6 May 2014, 1120hrs** The jury has recalculated the damages and has left its decision unchanged - Samsung still owes Apple US$120 million. Samsung has since responded that while it was disappointed by the finding of infringement, it agrees with the jury's decision to reject Apple's "grossly exaggerated" damage claims.
Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in yet another patent lawsuit. Recently, we reported that Samsung has even sought the help of Google, and Google has responded in the affirmative as it not going testified in Samsung's defense but even went as far as agreeing to partially or fully indemnify Samsung if it loses.
According to the latest happenings, the federal court in charge of this case has found Samsung to infringe on several patents - but not all. As a result, it has ordered Samsung to pay Apple US$119.6 million in damages. This is far lesser than the $US2.2 billion that Apple had earlier sought.
However, it was not a clear victory for Apple as the jury found it to have infringed on a Samsung patent as well and ordered Apple to pay Samsung US$154,800 in damages.
The jury found all accused Samsung phones infringed on the first patent at issue, the ’647 “quick-links” patent, but the devices did not infringe on two others related to universal search and background synchronization. For the ’721 “slide-to-unlock” patent, it ruled some Samsung products infringed, while others did not.
For a fifth patent, the judge had ruled that Samsung’s products infringed on the Apple patent, and the jury determined that infringement was willful.
Meanwhile, the panel ruled that Apple violated one of two Samsung patents that the company had countersued over, but ruled the infringement was not willful and awarded only the $158,400.
Despite not getting anywhere near the US$2.2 billion in damages that Apple had initially requested, the company was positive and said:
"We are grateful to the jury and the court for their service. Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: That Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products. We are fighting to defend the hard work that goes into beloved products like the iPhone, which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers."
That said, there is still a discrepancy in the verdict form arising from damages not awarded for an infringing Samsung product, which Apple has asked to clarify. The panel will reconvene on Monday morning.