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Samsung to pay Apple $119.2m damages for infringing iPhone patents

But Apple must pay Samsung $158,000
Tue May 06 2014, 12:25
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A US JURY has assessed Samsung $119.6m in damages to bitter rival Apple for infringing the iPhone maker's patents.

A jury in San Jose, California delivered the verdict on Friday following a month-long trial between the two smartphone firms. The jury found that Samsung infringed multiple Apple patents and should pay $119.6m, or around £71m, for doing so.

While this is good news for Apple, it is much less than the $2.2bn in damages it had sought from the Korean phone maker. The jury also found that Apple had infringed some Samsung patents, awarding $158,000 in damages, despite the firm's request for $6m.

It is thought that both sides will appeal the jury's verdict.

Samsung said in a statement, "We agree with the jury's decision to reject Apple's grossly exaggerated damages claim.

"Although we are disappointed by the finding of infringement, we are vindicated that for the second time in the US, Apple has been found to infringe Samsung's patents. It is our long history of innovation and commitment to consumer choice, that has driven us to become the leader in the mobile industry today."

Apple didn't have much to say on the ruling, and instead reiterated its stance that "Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products".

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has yet to decide whether to impose a sales injunction, with Apple looking to ban several Samsung phones, including the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3. However, Michael Carrier, a professor at Rutgers Law School, said an injunction is "extremely unlikely".

These latest results come two years after a previous jury found that Samsung had used Apple's technology in its devices and assessed $930m in damages. µ

 

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