Samsung must pay US$539M for copying parts of iPhone: Jury


The verdict brings the years-long legal battle between the companies one step closer to ending. Apple accused Samsung of treading too closely to the appearance and packaging of its groundbreaking devices, as well as mimicking software behaviors like pull-to-refresh. Although Samsung was determined to have infringed on Apple's patents literally years ago, the amount that Samsung owes has been kicked up and down through the judicial system ever since. Previously, Samsung has said it was willing to pay Apple $28 million to settle the entire matter.

Before the Supreme Court ruling, based on Samsung's appeal, the settlement was fixed at $548 million, a significant drop from the initial nearly $1 billion Apple had been awarded in 2012, in the first ruling in the case which was brought to court by Apple in 2011.

The Apple vs Samsung patent retrial concluded last week with both parties awaiting the jury's decision which has now come in.

The case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., 11-cv-01846, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose). And she expressed sympathy for Apple's design-first ethos. Samsung patent infringement case.

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Samsung attorney John Quinn held up components to the jury, emphasising that each was its own article of manufacture, and that there are "hundreds of articles of manufacture inside a phone". VoIP-Pal has demanded a jury trial over the suit, and wants damages for past, continuing, and future infringements, enhancement of damages for Apple's willful infringement, attorney fees, and a compulsory ongoing license fee for its technology from Apple. "None of the patents is the whole phone". Instead, Apple won an additional $140 million. The remaining $5,325,050 million was for infringing two utility patents.

The patent in question was gained in 1998, and related to predicting user input. In January 2018, Apple looked to reverse a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that upheld the validity of the VoIP-Pal patents. "These numbers may rise further as we increasingly participate in the setting of next-generation telecommunication standards such as 5G".

Samsung paid $548 million to Apple in December 2015, including $399 million for infringement of some of the patents at issue in this week's trial.