Jury Rules Samsung Must Pay Apple $290 Million in Damages Retrial
The jury has reached a verdict in the damages retrial between Samsung and Apple that began last week. The trial was to determine the amount of money Samsung must pay for copying key iPhone features and design elements after Samsung was found guilty in a jury trial last year.
The jury found Samsung liable for $290 million in damages, according to IDG News reporter Martyn Williams. During its opening statements, Apple asked for $379 million in damages, while Samsung said it only owed $52 million.
Last year, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple a total of $1.05 billion after a jury found the South Korean company guilty of willfully violating multiple Apple patents. Back in March, Judge Lucy Koh struck $450 million from the $1 billion awarded to Samsung after deciding the jury may have miscalculated the damages due to a misunderstanding of patent issues.
The remaining approximately $600 million in damages was left intact by Judge Koh, and Samsung will have to pay a total of $890 million.
During the retrial, Apple brought Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing to the stand where he explained how Apple's marketing strategy worked and how Samsung's infringement caused consumers to "question our design skills in a way they never used to."
Update: Apple issued this statement to AllThingsD following the verdict:
"For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money," Apple said in a statement to AllThingsD. "It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. While it’s impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost."
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Top Rated Comments
Not sure how much Samsung is ripping off since my Note 3 has a TON more features than the iPhone will ever have.
Remember, this trial was only over 21 million Samsung phones and a few hundred thousand original tablets.
And the utility patents were about minor software features that Samsung hasn't infringed on in well over a year now.
What a strange world where software fluff... unnecessary to make a phone... is supposedly worth a large award per device, while essential radio patents with real R&D investment behind them are claimed to be worth only pennies.
Judge Posner was right. Untrained judges and juries should not decide technical patent matters, and software patents need to either disappear or be highly time limited.