“A Silicon Valley jury on Thursday added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million,” The Associated Press reports. “The verdict covers 13 older Samsung devices that a previous jury found were among 26 Samsung products that infringed Apple patents.”
“The previous jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion. But U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh reduced the damages to $640 million after ruling that jury miscalculated the amount owed on 13 devices and ordered a new trial,” AP reports. “Samsung said it would appeal both verdicts.”
“‘For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money,’ Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said. ‘While it’s impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost,'” AP reports. “A third trial is scheduled for March to consider Apple’s claims that Samsung’s newest devices such as the popular Galaxy S III on the market also copied Apple’s technology.”
“‘We understood that the money wasn’t really an issue,’ said juror Barry Goldman-Hall. ‘This was about the integrity of the patent process.’ Goldman-Hall, 60, of San Jose was one of two men and six women on the jury, which was tasked only with determining damages,” AP reports. “Apple attorney William Lee told the jury that Samsung used Apple’s technology to lift it from an also-ran in the smartphone market three years ago to the world’s biggest seller of them today. ‘Apple can never get back to where it should have been in 2010,’ Lee told the jury Tuesday at the conclusion of the weeklong trial.”
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MacDailyNews Take: $930 million in order to reap billions upon billions for years? Crime pays.
Boycott Samsung-branded products.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]
Jury awards Apple $290.45 million in damages against convicted patent infringer Samsung – November 21, 2013