Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) won $290 million in damages from Samsung Electronics after a jury ruled in its favor in a retrial of the smartphone titans' 2012 patent infringement clash.
Apple won $1 billion in damages in a courtroom victory against Samsung in August 2012, though the damages in the ruling were later slashed by $450.5 million after U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled the jury had erred in calculating the damages. Koh, who oversaw retrial, allowed lawyers for both sides half an hour to review how the jury made its calculations in case any adjustments are needed.
Apple argued it was due an additional $380 million, while Samsung said it should only owe $52 million for the portion of damages being reconsidered. The new ruling does not affect the roughly $600 million Apple was owed from the 2012 trial. The six-woman, two-man jury deliberated for part of three days before returning its 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."
"We are disappointed by today's decision, which is based in large part on a patent that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recently deemed invalid," a Samsung spokesperson said in a statement. "While we move forward with our post-trial motions and appeals, we will continue to innovate with groundbreaking technologies and great products that are loved by our many customers all around the world."
The retrial did not center as much on different perspectives on innovation as the original trial did, nor did it provide many new revelations about the business of both companies. As AllThingsD notes, the new ruling likely will do little to settle the litigation between the two companies, which started in the spring of 2011 and has spanned multiple continents. Another case is set for trial next year before Judge Koh involving newer Samsung's products, and both sides are appealing various parts of this current case.
The case is widely seen as a proxy battle between Apple and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform, since Samsung is the largest Android handset maker. In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple and Samsung held talks in recent months to try to resolve their disputes over patent infringement claims, but it now appears that any wide-ranging settlement is nowhere close at hand.
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- see this The Verge article
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