Samsung To Pay Around $120 Million To Apple For Patent Infringement
In a report by Re/code, it has been revealed that a federal jury reached a verdict in a trial between Samsung and Apple, and has concluded that Samsung has in fact infringed several of Apple’s patents, awarding them $119.6 Million in damages.
However, Samsung did get a small piece of the pie, as Apple was also found guilty of infringing a few of Samsung’s patents, but this is no consolation for the South Korean company, since the amount was just $158,400, due to the jury concluding the infringement as not being ‘willful.’
According to the Report:
The jury found all accused Samsung phones infringed on the first patent at issue, the ’647 “quick-links” patent, but the devices did not infringe on two others related to universal search and background synchronization. For the ’721 “slide-to-unlock” patent, it ruled some Samsung products infringed, while others did not.
For a fifth patent, the judge had ruled that Samsung’s products infringed on the Apple patent, and the jury determined that infringement was willful.
The trial does not end here, however, as Apple’s lawyer pointed out that there was still one more infringement for which they were not compensated, and so the jury agreed to meet on Monday morning to further discuss the amount.
The amount of $119.6 million is still substantially lower than the $2.2 billion Apple initially demanded, and greater than the ‘maximum’ amount of $38 million Samsung said it would need to pay.
In an official statement to Re/code, Apple expressed its praise for the decision:
We are grateful to the jury and the court for their service. Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: That Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products. 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 and Google, unsurprisingly, declined to comment on the situation.
Both sides are expected to appeal for a different verdict from the judge, and we will keep you posted.