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.”

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