Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for infringing five patents with Android phones it sold in 2010 and 2011. The verdict was decided by a jury, on Thursday, in a legal fight that dates back seven years. A California jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple for copying the patented design and utility features of the original iPhone.
Samsung successfully argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that the way damages were assessed in the case should be reconsidered, which is what this latest trial was all about. According to CNET, which reported on today’s verdict, Apple had been asking for $1.07 billion, while Samsung argued that it should only have to pay $28 million. In this case, it would appear that the jury decided to cut Apple’s requested amount by about half of what it had wanted.
“We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers,” Apple said. “This case has always been about more than money. Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple.”
The report said most of the money was for the violation of three design patents that Apple owns, with the rest of the money going to pay off violations of two utility patents. A statement from Samsung suggested the dispute is anything but settled.
“Today’s decision flies in the face of a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in favor of Samsung on the scope of design patent damages,” Samsung said. “We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers.”
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