Judge Lucy Koh orders Samsung to pay Apple $548 million for patent infringement

“U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California has entered a $548 million judgment for Apple Inc. in its smartphone “trial of the century” against Samsung,” Scott Graham reports for The Recorder.

“Acting at the explicit direction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Koh ordered Samsung Electronics Co. to pay $548,176,477 for 18 Samsung mobile devices that infringe five Apple design and utility patents,” Graham reports. “The order appears to create a virtual lock—absent certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court—that Apple will collect at least half of its landmark 2012 jury award. The decision came one day after the Federal Circuit endorsed a limited injunction on Samsung that loosens the eBay standard for competitor cases and will give Apple more bragging rights to smartphone innovation.”

MacDailyNews Take: Apple doesn’t need any more “bragging rights.” Apple invented and defined the modern smartphone.

“Samsung said last week that the partial judgment is unauthorized by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and appealed Monday to the Federal Circuit. The company, which is being indemnified by its Android partner, Google, in the litigation also has until November to petition for Supreme Court review of the Federal Circuit’s damages decision,” Graham reports. “Meanwhile, Koh has set a week-long trial starting in March of next year to recalculate damages on five additional Samsung products that were found both to infringe Apple’s patents and dilute its trade dress. Apple also plans to ask for supplemental damages and prejudgment interest for all 23 infringing products.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Pony up, slavish copier. You should be paying at least 10X that, for all you lying, cheating bastages have stolen.

Yet, still, despite all the rampant theft, Apple has all of the good customers anyway: Apple’s iPhone owns 92% of smartphone industry’s profits

It’s best not to mess with karma. — Steve Jobs

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

For good measure, here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

And, here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

cellphones before and after Apple iPhone

People who buy Android phones and tablets reward thieves.

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  1. Judge Lucy is now in the beady crosshairs of her peers and above, shining down on her like a Xenon helicopter spotlight in stern admonishment. So at last she’s finally behaving and doing her “justice-is-blind” judgilicious job.

    I don’t mean this as sexist speculation but I wonder what these initial patent and anti-trust verdicts would have been like (Cote ‘n Koh) with male judges?

    1. Those of us who live in the legal world know that Koh is a very highly respected judge. She’s considered to be very tech savvy and hard working, and stands no nonsense from litigants or (in particular) their counsel. She’s not intimidated by big name lawyers. She’s working with law that is completely out of date and which was written for different situations from the ones being tried, but that’s a different issue.

      1. Yea, she’s working with laws that are out of date and/or vague. But that’s why we have judges – to interpret the law as it was originally intended and apply it to modern circumstance. Otherwise we’d just let computer programs decide who’s right and who’s wrong.

  2. Judge Lucy Koh:
    “Okay Samsung. Jury several years ago say you owe Apple 1 Billion dollars.
    But I like you. I give you 50% off.
    You only pay Apple 1/2 Billion!
    Okay? Good deal, yes? You pay now?
    We all friends?”

  3. I am delighted that Apple has finally been vindicated in this long ongoing trial. Early on, a lot of people were fairly negative about Apple’s decision to sue, and doubtful about their success.

    But, yes, folks, Samsung was found guilty of infringing Apple patents, and will pay Apple over ½ billion dollars.

    More importantly, Apple continues to win — and win big time — in the “Court of Public Opinion”. Samsung (and their legal counsel) showed what immoral SOBs they are throughout the entire proceedings. (Stealing Apple’s confidential commercial info that they were told by the court to maintain secret …for which they got of scot-free, is very despicable. I am really surprised the DOJ let them get away with it.)

    Lastly, important legal precedent has been set, including the — embarrassing — conclusion that Judge Lucy Koh erred by NOT allowing Apple’s request for injunctive relief against the infringing products. Next time, injunctions will happen!

    And Samsung will have to strip out their infringing patent items from their devices.

    I expect the March 2016 trial about additional infringing Samsung devices should go much smoother. 🙂

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