Samsung has been order by a California jury to pay iPhone maker Apple nearly $539 million as financial damages for infringing its patents. The suit is based on Apple’s claims that the South Korean company copied its design and utility patents related to its own iPhones.
Apple was seeking up to $1 billion in damages while Samsung was willing to pay only $28 million for alleged patent infringement. The verdict has split both the firms and comes as a big blow to the South Korean technology giant. The jury said that Samsung should pay about $533.3 million for infringing Apple’s design patents and another $5.3 million for infringing the utility patents.
Apple and Samsung have been engaged in a patent infringement drama since 2011 and the return of the lawsuit at the San Jose district court was mainly about the sum that Samsung will pay Apple. There was no dispute whether Samsung copied Apple’s patent and the jury had previously found the South Korean company stealing Apple’s design elements. Both the companies tried to persuade the jury on how large or how small the damages should be.
In December 2016, the US Supreme Court had rejected the near $400 million judgement that found Samsung copying Apple’s design features for its own smartphones. That verdict was lower than the $1.05 billion awarded by a jury in 2012. Samsung has already paid $548 million in damages to Apple but the Supreme Court decided to send the case down to a lower court to have a jury decide how the damages caused by patent infringement will be calculated.
“We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers,” Samsung said in a statement. 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.”
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Ahead of this week’s retrial, Samsung was found infringing three of Apple’s iPhone design patents which included the rectangular front face with rounded edges and the design of icons seen on the black screen. Both Apple and Samsung were arguing whether the case should take into account the entire phone or just the design element.