Patent Jury Refuses to Budge on Apple’s Final Damages Award
Last Friday, the jury in the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) versus Samsung (SSNLF.PK) patent-infringement trial awarded the iPhone maker $119.6 million in damages for its rival’s infringement of two patents. Samsung also achieved a minor victory by winning a $158,400 damages award for Apple’s infringement of a patent that covers a method for retrieving and classifying digital data.
During the conclusion of Friday’s session, Apple’s lawyers found that the jury had neglected to calculate damages for Samsung’s infringement of Apple’s “autocomplete” patent with the Galaxy S II, reports FOSSPatents. After being offered a choice by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, the jury opted to determine the damages award for this device on Monday, rather than reconvening on Friday. Although the additional damages award wasn’t expected to be significant, patent law expert Florian Mueller predicted that it would likely push Apple’s total damages award amount up past $120 million.
However, after meeting for approximately two hours on Monday, the jury awarded Apple the same total damages award amount of $119.6 million, reports FOSSPatents. Although the jury provided Apple a damages award for the patent-infringement of the Galaxy S II, they also recalculated some other product damages amounts so that the grand total remained at $119.6 million.
As noted by FOSSPatents, Apple’s total damages amount could also “easily be reduced on appeal,” making this trial seem like even less of a win for Apple. While Apple took home the lion’s share of the damages awards meted out in this case, the verdict was widely viewed as a symbolic win for Samsung, since Apple had been seeking around $2.2 billion in damages. This verdict was also seen as a victory for Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), since its Android mobile operating system was at the heart of most of Apple’s patent-infringement claims.
“We agree with the jury’s decision to reject Apple’s grossly exaggerated damages claim,” said Samsung in a statement provided to Re/Code. “Although we are disappointed by the finding of infringement, we are vindicated that for the second time in the U.S., Apple has been found to infringe Samsung’s patents. It is our long history of innovation and commitment to consumer choice that has driven us to become the leader in the mobile industry today.”
Despite the relatively low damages award, Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet noted the positive implications of the jury’s verdict in a statement provided to Bloomberg on Friday. “Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: that Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products,” said Huguet. “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.”
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