Samsung must pay Apple $290M after losing patents case - Mobile World Live

Samsung must pay Apple $290M after losing patents case

22 NOV 2013

A US jury has awarded Apple $290 million in a retrial of its damages case against Samsung, bringing the total award from its 2012 legal victory to $930 million.

The patent case in August last year saw Apple awarded $1.05 billion, but Judge Lucy Koh subsequently ruled that the calculations for the original damages contained some errors and reduced the award by $450.5 million.

Apple argued in the current case that it was owed $380 million of the $450.5 million. Unsurprisingly, Samsung said it should only pay $50 million.  Hence the jury’s decision is much closer to the US company’s valuation.

On top of the $599.5 million maintained from the original award, and the newly awarded $290 million, a further $40.5 million was resinstated by Judge Koh in April, so bringing the total award for Apple to $930 million.

The case related to Apple’s claim that Samsung copied features of the iPhone, such as the pinch-and-zoom gesture and the handset’s flat, black glass screen.

However, for a company the size of Apple, the current financial award is relatively unimportant.

Nick Rodelli, a lawyer interviewed by Bloomberg, said injunctions are much more important in patent battles than monetary awards, although Apple’s ability to convince a jury for a second time bodes well for any future cases.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple said in a statement: “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.”


Richard Handford

Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including...

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