Samsung to Pay Apple US$290 Million for Patent Infringement
You will be forgiven for assuming the patent lawsuit between Apple and Samsung has ended a year ago, but we are here to inform you that it hasn't.
The jury has ordered Samsung to pay US$290 million in damages after Apple requested for a second damages calculation proceeding. In its request, Apple wanted US$380 million while Samsung argued that the amount should be lower at US$52 million.
Apple was initially awarded US$1.049 billion last August, but the presiding judge Lucy Koh ordered a retrial of US$450 million after she found out that the jury based the amount on several faulty legal logic. Apple was subsequently awarded US$598 million.
Taking into account the US$598 million that is not included in the latest retrial, Samsung has to pay Apple a total of US$888 million. The South Korean company is obviously unhappy about it and responded with the following statements:
Samsung - "We are disappointed by today's decision, which is based in large part on a patent that the US Patent and Trademark Office has recently deemed invalid. While we move forward with our post-trial motions and appeals, we will continue to innovate with groundbreaking technologies and great products that are loved by our many customers all around the world."
Apple also shared its comments on the latest verdict:
Apple - "For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. While it's impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost.
If you think that the patent lawsuit is one step closer to a conclusion, you are wrong as Samsung is likely to make an appeal.