Samsung to appeal cases with damages totaling $930 million for infringing Apple’s patents as jurors speak

“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.]

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24 Comments

    1. Because patent infringement is civil a offense where a person (in this case Apple) sues another (samsung). The patent act creates a personal right that must be asserted to have any force. The state cannot go after Samsung, the person/corporation wronged must do it. The remedy for civil suits are almost always money damages or fines of some kind. There are also injunctions, which Apple is seeking as well to stop the importation of Samsung’s infringing products. Conversely, A criminal offense would allow a state or the federal go to after Samsung themselves and throw someone in jail, but that is not a power the patent act grants. I think money damages are more appropriate because the patent system is essentially an economic incentive program to promote the creation and public disclosure of new inventions. If the system levies strong enough economic punishments for wrongdoing then it’s incentives remain viable.

      1. Keep in mind, this delay tactic is another diversion. There are other cases practiced in the same manner. Apple set aside enough funds to sustain the fight, but Samsung is not backing down. They want to bleed Apple dry even if Samsung doesn’t win. Samsung’s approach is very arrogant, because they are a huge multinational corporation. They see Apple as a some corporation they can bully. Samsung can afford it. But wait. What if other corporations are waiting to spar with Apple after Samsung steps aside? Can Apple sustain another battle?

      2. Every lost appeal should incur a 10% penalty assessment. $930 million + $93 million, should they lose the appeal. Total = 1.023 billion. If that penalty was there, that would discourage appeals as a delaying tactic.

  1. Samesung said they should only owe 52 million dollars. I bet that even if Apple said O.K. to that amount, Samesung would still appeal to tie this up for as long as possible. They have no honor!

  2. “Boycott Samsung” suggests MDN.

    Yep, I totally agree with that. in fact my whole family is a Scamdung-free zone—and a Micro$oft-free as well. Ditto Google and Android.

    People Power does work—just vote with your wallet!

    1. YES YES YES Eddie – thanks – my family too – even when I see A samdung TV at my gym I cringe and feel like giving my 2 cents to the purchase of their next one in hope they go with something other than sammy dong!

    2. I have to buy two new TV’s and all new appliances for a condo I’m working on. Samdungs products are not even on the list.

      While I can’t be completely be free of Samdung because they create so many parts in the manufacturing process of other companies products, I can avoid giving them the lion share of the money I spend.

      Screw you Samsung and the culture that supports this type of behavior.

  3. To the iHaters who are US Citizens and continue to buy Samsung, Democrats and Republicans, do the right thing. Dump that Convicted Guilty Slavish of a company Samsung of all products.

  4. There is no fairness or justice and the longer this case goes on the more obvious it becomes. I agree about boycotting Samsung products. But the ignorant masses, the same people who buy Samsung phones, have no clue, so our little boycott effort means nothing. The damage is done. If SJ were still around, I imagine he’d have issued some statement about all of this and taken a much harder stand than is Cook. Cook is too much the Southern gentleman to take this more public. Also, while we can all wish that Apple stop using Samsung as supplier, the ability to find other sources is unfortunately pretty limited and Samsung knows that. It does not help, except temporarily relieve some of my frustration, but I shame people who I know have Samsung products or even mention considering buying anything from Samsung. I just get eye rolls, but what the heck, makes me feel better.

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