Samsung Loses Patent Battle With Apple Set To Pay US$539m
The patent battle between Samsung and Apple has finally ended with a US jury saying Samsung should pay Apple US$539m over copying patented smartphone features.
The two tech giants have been in court since 2011 with Apple claiming Samsung has copied their smartphones and tablets. In 2012, Samsung was found liable however a disagreement over the settlement lead to this retrial.
In a statement Apple says, “We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers. This case has always been about more than money.”
Samsung has previously paid Apple US$399 for compensation over some of the patents and if this verdict is upheld and not appealed Samsung will be paying Apple an additional US$140m.
This payment was over three patent infringement over the front and rear look of the original iPhone’s body. Apple had also claimed Samsung had copied the graphical user interface showing the layout of apps on the home screen.
The Samsung products Apple claims infringed its patents were the Droid Charge, Mesmerize and Galaxy S2.
Apple originally asked for US$1bn in the retrial as that is what they won back in 2012, Samsung retorted saying it should only pay US$28m.
After the verdict, Samsung put out a statement saying, “Today’s decision flies in the face of a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in favour of Samsung on the scope of design patent damages. We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers.”
US Judge Lucy Koh told both companies when presenting the facts they must not use any new evidence, calling it a ‘Groundhog Day’ rule.
Sarah Burstein, professor at patent law at the University of Oklahoma spoke to Reuters saying Apple’s case against Samsung raises the question of ‘whether the total profits from a product that infringes a design patent should be awarded if the patent applies only to a component of the product’.