$548M Is in the Mail, Samsung Tells Apple

     SAN JOSE (CN) – Nearly five years after being sued by Apple over smartphone patents, Samsung has agreed to hand over the more than $548 million partial judgment ordered by the federal court.
     In a joint statement filed by the companies in Federal Court in San Jose on Dec. 3, Samsung said it will make the payment by Dec. 14. The South Korean manufacturer conditioned the payment on Apple sending it an invoice by Dec. 4.
     Apple sued Samsung in 2011 for more than $2.5 billion in damages for allegedly infringing on some technology and packaging patents for smartphone devices. In 2012, a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages in 2012, but that was drastically cut down after a series of rulings, trials and appeals.
     The $548 million Samsung agreed to pay is equal to the partial judgment amount determined by a federal appeals court. Samsung unsuccessfully attempted to appeal the final figure this past September.
     But the payment might not be the end of the battle, as Samsung says it reserves the right to be reimbursed in the future if a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invalidating one of the Apple patents in the case is upheld.
     “Samsung further reserves all right to reclaim or obtain reimbursement of any judgment amounts paid by Samsung to any entity in the event the partial judgment is reversed, modified, vacated or set side on appeal or otherwise,” Samsung said in its case management statement
     Apple said in the same document that it “disputes Samsung’s asserted rights to reimbursement.”
     A Samsung representative said in a statement that the company is disappointed in the court’s decision to proceed with “Apple’s grossly exaggerated damages claims regardless of whether the patents are valid.”
     “While we’ve agreed to pay Apple, we remain confident that our products do not infringe on Apple’s design patents, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures within the legal system to protect our products and our intellectual property,” the statement said.
     Apple declined to comment.
     Trial over remaining damages relating to some of Samsung’s other allegedly infringing products in the case is set for spring 2016.

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