Jury orders Samsung to pay $290 million to Apple

Nov. 22, 2013 at 2:00 AM
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A jury in California ordered Samsung Electronics Ltd. to pay $290 million in damages to Apple Inc. for infringing on five Apple patents with 13 Samsung devices.

The decision by the six-woman, two-man federal jury, after nearly three days of deliberation, came in a retrial of part of an original $1.05 billion damage award from last year that U.S. District Court Judge Lucy H. Koh in San Jose, Calif., later lowered to $640 million.

Koh lowered it, ruling part of the jury's award legally void, and ordered the retrial because she said it was unclear how jurors calculated that part of the judgment.

Adding Thursday's $290 million to last year's $640 million brings the total in damages Samsung owes Apple to $930 million.

That total amounts to about 12 percent of Apple's most recent quarterly profits and about 14 percent of Samsung's latest income, The Wall Street Journal said.

"For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money," Apple said in a statement.

"It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love," the statement 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."

Apple had sought $380 million in the retrial, while Samsung argued it should pay only $52 million.

Samsung's statement said it was "disappointed" by the jury verdict.

"While we move forward with our post-trial motions and appeals, we will continue to innovate with groundbreaking technologies and great products that are loved by our many customers all around the world," it said.

This case is one of many the two multinational consumer-electronics giants are fighting over smartphone patents.

They have another trial set for March over different Apple patents and products, including the Samsung Galaxy S III multi-touch, slate-format smartphone. Samsung has also countersued Apple, accusing it of infringing on Samsung patents.

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