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Samsung Will Appeal Against US$120 Million Patent Verdict
Just days ago, we reported that the jury has found Samsung guilty of infringing on several of Apple's patents have ordered the Korean tech giants to pay Apple US$119.6 million in damages - well short of the US$2.2 billion that Apple was initially seeking.
Nevertheless, Apple seemed pleased with the verdict and were "grateful" to the jury and court and commented:
"Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: That Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products."
Samsung has since confirmed that it intends to appeal against the verdict. It will ask the trial judge and an appeals court, if necessary, to reduce the damages awarded to zero. John Quinn, a lawyer for Samsung, said:
"Of course we’re pleased that the jury awarded Apple 6 percent of what they were asking for, but even that can’t stand, because Apple kept out all the real world evidence and didn’t produce anything to substitute for it, so you have a verdict that’s unsupported by evidence -– and that’s just one of its problems.”
In addition, jury foreman Thomas Dunham, who has worked with IBM on patents, also hinted that Apple should instead go for Google, not Samsung.
"If you really feel that Google is the cause behind this, as I think everybody has observed, then don't beat around the bush," said Mr. Dunham, whose job at IBM was to oversee developers expected to file patents. "Let the courts decide. But a more direct approach may be something to think about."