Small Change: Apple Wins $120M in Patent Damages From Samsung
A jury has awarded Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) $119.6 million in damages for Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) infringement of two patents, reports FOSSPatents. Apple was seeking around $2.2 billion in damages for Samsung’s alleged infringement of five patents, but only came away with about 5.5 percent of the amount it had asked for. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh had already determined that Samsung had infringed on one of the five patents in dispute in a summary judgment order issued earlier this year, while Samsung was cleared of infringing on two other patents.
“Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: that Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products,” said Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet in a statement released after the verdict, reports Bloomberg. “We are fighting to defend the hard work that goes into beloved products like the iPhone, which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers.”
Samsung was also awarded damages in the amount of $158,400 for Apple’s infringement of one patent. Samsung was asking for $6.2 million in damages for Apple’s alleged infringement of two patents and told the jury that a reasonable damages award for its own infringement would be about $38.4 million, according to CNET. Although Apple won the largest damages award, the verdict is widely seen as a symbolic victory for Samsung and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), the maker of the Android mobile operating system that was at the heart of most of Apple’s patent-infringement claims.
Apple’s latest patent victory stands in stark contrast to the approximately $930 million damages award that it won from Samsung in a previous patent-infringement trial in California. As noted by FOSS Patents, this trial was also the first time that Apple was found to be infringing on a non-standard-essential patent that Samsung holds.