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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly considering asking Samsung for $3 billion in damages for patent infringement, triple the amount initially awarded to it by a jury. The Korea Times cited “multiple legal sources” to report on Wednesday that Apple’s legal team planned to ask U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh for the increased amount in a new court filing.
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“The decision means Apple wants to quickly address the harm that Samsung’s infringing products are said to be causing,” the source said. “As has been the case throughout this trial, Apple is pressing its full advantage over the jurors’ decision.”
Last month, a nine-member jury in San Jose, California, had decided Samsung infringed six of seven patents for mobile devices asserted by Apple in the case. The jury also rejected Samsung’s patent counterclaims against Apple and its request for $421.8 million in damages. While Apple had sought between $2.5 billion and $2.75 billion for its claims, the jury awarded the iPhone maker less than half of that amount.
“The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew,” Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman told Bloomberg in a statement at the time of the initial jury decision. “At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy.”
Samsung has already vowed to appeal the jury’s decision, insisting the verdict was not the “final word.”
Earlier this week, Koh denied Samsung’s request to overturn a three-month-old U.S. ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, citing a lack of jurisdiction. Though the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was given a preliminary sales ban in June, the jury found in August that the tablet did not infringe on Apple’s D’889 design patent.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) closed Wednesday at $702.10 per share, earning itself another all-time price high during the trading day.
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