Date
17 October 2018
Apple says its design patent infringement case against Samsung ‘has always been about more than money.' Photo: Reuters
Apple says its design patent infringement case against Samsung ‘has always been about more than money.' Photo: Reuters

Apple wins US$539 mln in damages in Samsung patent retrial

Apple Inc was on Thursday awarded almost US$540 million in damages from Samsung Electronics in retrial of a US case related to design patent infringement.

After nearly five days of deliberations, a jury in a California court ruled that Samsung should pay US$539 million to Apple for copying patented smartphone features, Reuters reports. 

The world’s top smartphone rivals have been in court over patents since 2011, when Apple filed a lawsuit alleging Samsung’s smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copied its products.

Samsung was found liable in a 2012 trial, but a disagreement over the amount to be paid led to the current retrial over damages where arguments ended on May 18.

The South Korean electronics giant previously paid Apple US$399 million to compensate Apple for infringement of some of the patents at issue in the case. 

Because of that credit, if the verdict is upheld on appeal it will result in Samsung making an additional payment to Apple of nearly US$140 million, Reuters noted.

In a statement, Apple said it is pleased that the members of the jury “agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products.”

“We believe deeply in the value of design,” Apple said in its statement. “This case has always been about more than money.”

Samsung did not immediately say whether it planned to appeal the verdict but said it is retaining “all options” to contest it.

“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 in a statement.

“We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers.”

The new jury verdict followed a trial in San Jose before Judge Lucy Koh that focused on how much Samsung should pay for infringing Apple patents covering aspects of the iPhone’s design.

The jury awarded Apple US$533.3 million for Samsung’s violation of so-called design patents and US$5.3 million for the violation of so-called utility patents, according to the report.

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