Samsung finally to pay Apple $548 million in damages for copying iPhone, but then try to wrest it back

“Samsung has finally agreed to pay $548m in its long-running patent dispute with Apple,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet. “The smartphone rivals on Thursday filed a joint court statement confirming that Samsung would, by December 14, pay Apple the $548m awarded to it in September.”

“The damages bill stems from Apple’s court award of $1bn in damages over a patent complaint it brought against Samsung nearly five years ago,” Tung reports. “However, subsequent appeals reduced the amount involved to the figure of $548m.”

“It emerged in August that Samsung may appeal the decision at the US Supreme Court following a failed bid to contest the damages bill at the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Samsung believed that nearly $400m of the damages were unfairly awarded,” Tung reports. “Despite having now agreed to pay Apple the full amount, Samsung has also claimed ‘all rights to obtain reimbursement from Apple,’ pending the results of any further appeals.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Ah, the expediency of the “justice” system.

Yet, despite the half a decade of meandering and delay and all the rampant theft then and now, 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.

Judge Lucy Koh orders Samsung to pay Apple $548 million for patent infringement – September 22, 2015
Appellate court rules judge Lucy Koh abused right of discretion by allowing Samsung to sell phones that infringed Apple patents – September 18, 2015
Serial copier Samsung slapped with permanent injunction for infringing Apple patents – September 17, 2015
Samsung to petition Supreme Court to hear appeal in iPhone patent infringement case – August 19, 2015
Samsung denied rehearing in appeal over Apple iPhone patent infringement – August 14, 2015
Google, Facebook, Dell, HP, others take Samsung’s side in Apple patent fight – July 21, 2015
U.S. federal court rules anyone can copy the iPhone’s design – May 18, 2015
Up to 40 percent of Apple’s $930 million verdict against Samsung must be reconsidered – May 18, 2015
US appeals court reverses part of Apple’s $930 million verdict vs. Samsung – May 18, 2015
Before iPhone, Google’s plan was a Java button phone, Android docs reveal – April 14, 2014
How Google reacted when Steve Jobs revealed the revolutionary iPhone – December 19, 2013
What phones looked like before and after Apple’s revolutionary iPhone transformed the industry – February 8, 2012
Apple to ITC: Android started at Apple while Andy Rubin worked for us – September 2, 2011


  1. Samscum is running scared and trying to negate the bite in their ass from the coming Supreme court case, which will bury them and nail the coffin shut, for good.

    Every dog has his day, Sammy scum.

  2. This is a caused piece based on th belief that

    There was already a market for PDA resistive touch screen devices in the early 2000s prior to the first iPhone release in June 2007. Look up image and HTC as well as other PDAs running, dare I say it, Windows Mobile. The difference being you needs a stylus, which Apple recognised in its long development of the iPhone. The capacitive screen itself has been around a long time, especially in industrial functions. Indeed, I drive trains that have touch screen computers running monitoring software in window CE that have been in service since 2001. So please don’t post photographs of old phones versus new trying to make out technology was in the wilderness prior to the iPhone. It wasn’t. All Apple did was borrow ideas from lots of niche markets and marry them into well designed handset. There is no denying the impact of the iPhone on the mobile phone industry, but I think I am bot alone in missing having a proper keyboard instead of having pop up one that obscures the bottom of the screen. Hey ho, each to their own.

    1. In a properly designed app, the text you are typing will always be visible as it will slide up from “behind” the keyboard if necessary.

      A real proper keyboard (I.e. Not a Blackberry keyboard with tiny keys, IMO) can be connected via Bluetooth.

    2. You are all alone.

      There may be in fact a few people who are still complaining about the touch-screen virtual keyboard and are pining for the physical button keyboard, but these people are over 60 years of age. The rest of the world acknowledges the efficiency and accuracy of virtual keyboard over the waste of space of the physical one. After all, nobody is typing the next great novel on their iPhone.

      More importantly, virtual vs. physical keyboard is not really the subject of this article (or the law suit). The look and feel of first Samsung Galaxy phones is literally identical to the look and feel of the original iPhone. At that time, there were a few other smartphone makers, and while they also used Google’s stolen Android OS, at least their hardware was different enough that you could tell that it wasn’t an iPhone. Samsung was so identical that even their own lawyer couldn’t always tell it apart in the court!

    3. Michael, the key to the iPhone was not using a capacitance screen, but MULTITOUCH control of the device, which was new. Getting the screen to accurately determine the locations of more than one input and then determine motion and RELATIVE motion was a huge advancement. Innovation often is using existing technology in unexpected and uniquely new ways. It is seldom creating completely new technology. Innovation CAN and DOES disrupt existing products such that when it rears its head, products that were in use before the innovation look nothing like the products that came after the innovation. It may take some time, but it will happen. Look at Ocean going freight carriers and the innovation of power propulsion: Where did all the sails go? Personal transportation vehicles? What happened to the horse in front of the passenger carrying space? So showing the change in phones after the introduction of the iPhones innovation is completely appropriate.

  3. “Samsung believed that nearly $400m of the damages were unfairly awarded,” Tung reports.”

    So Samsung is admitting that well over $100M is legitimate damages for their patent infringement? Unlike the past five years, Samsung is now publicly admitting their slavish and shameless copying of the iPhone? The only issue that they are arguing now is the value of what they stole…

    How would that work under other circumstances? Yes, Your Honor, I did B&E into their home and steal a Samsung Galaxy tablet and a Note III phone. But they are essentially worthless. I tried to fence them and couldn’t get twenty bucks total. I even tried to give them away to get rid of the evidence, but no one wanted them. Finally, I just tossed them in a dumpster. So, you see Your Honor, I really didn’t steal anything at all. A pack of cigarettes is worth more that that Samsung cr@p.

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