Second Apple-Samsung Showdown Ends|With Paltry $120 Million for Apple

     SAN JOSE, Calif. (CN) – Samsung copied just three of Apple’s patents and owes just under $120 million, an eight-person jury deciding the tech companies’ latest skirmish found Friday.
     The jury – which has been deliberating since Tuesday afternoon – found that all of Samsung’s latest gadgets infringed Apple’s ‘647 “quick links” patent, CNET reported late Friday. Some of the accused Samsung products also infringed Apple’s “slide to lock” patent, but none of the South Korean company’s products infringed the universal search or background sync patents, the jury found.
     U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh decided in a pretrial judgment that Samsung had copied Apple’s ‘172 patent for how the auto-correct function displays, and the jury only had to calculate the damages for that infringement.
     The jury’s $119.6 million award for Apple is a far cry from the $2.2 billion the company asked for. Additionally, they gave Samsung $158,400 after finding that Apple copied photo and video organization technology.
     Despite the mixed results, Apple praised the jury and Koh in a statement, and said the ruling “reinforces that Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products.”
     Nearly two years ago, a jury awarded Apple over $1 billion in damages for Samsung’s copying of key patents in an earlier line of Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Koh found errors and halved      that award in 2013.
     A second jury restored $290 million to the first verdict, netting Apple about $930 million in the first go-round.
     Both companies are expected to appeal Friday’s verdict to the Federal Circuit, where appeals for the 2012 and 2013 verdicts are already pending.

%d bloggers like this: