Samsung to Pay Apple $120M in Damages After Jury Says It Infringed on Two Patents [u]


The jury in the second Apple versus Samsung trial finished their three-day deliberations late Friday to conclude the latter will pay the former $119.6 million in damages for infringing on two patents, reports Re/code:

The panel ruled that various Samsung products infringed on two patents that Apple had sued over in its latest patent case and found damages on a third patent, awarding more than $119.6 million in damages. However, it found Apple did not infringe on two other patents and also awarded Samsung $158,400, saying Apple infringed on a Samsung patent.

Apple wanted $2 billion in damages but it received $120 million. However, a mixup on the verdict form means the jury will come back on Monday to clarify the issue. Apple will pay Samsung $158,400 in damages after it was found to infringe on one patent.

Apple released the following statement on the outcome of the trial, praising the ruling:

“We are grateful to the jury and the court for their service,” Apple told Re/code. “Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: That Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products. We are fighting to defend the hard work that goes into beloved products like the iPhone, which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers.”

Samsung has already reaped the rewards of ‘copying’ Apple and so far, the damages they will pay in both trials pales in comparison to the profits they’ve made and the elevation of their status to being compared side-by-side with Apple. There aren’t really any winners here—other than the lawyers.

Update: Here are some great scorecards by CNET on the breakdown of what devices infringed on what patents:

Patent No. ‘172: covers predictive text.
Patent No. ‘414: involves background syncing activity, such as syncing calendars, email, and contacts.
Patent No. ‘647: covers “quick links,” which can auto-detect data in messages that can then be clicked.
Patent No. ‘721: covers slide-to-unlock, the motion used to unlock the home screen.
Patent No. ‘959: covers universal search, such as what Apple uses in Siri.

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Patent No. ‘239: covers video transmission functionality, with implications against Apple’s use of FaceTime.
Patent No. ‘449: involves camera and folder organization functionality.

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[via Re/code]


  • Sick of Apple

    Why is it that the Apple fan boys go on and on ad nauseam about evil Samsung copying a few minor Apple patents but always conveniently skip over the fact that Apple copies other companies patents as well, including Samsung’s. Everyone loves face time…it’s a selling point..and it’s done with stolen Samsung tech. The iPhone wouldn’t even be possible without Samsung’s FRAND patents which Apple was found guilty of infringing upon. Lucky Obama stepped in and saved Apple’s ass huh? The patents Samsung “copied” all seem pretty minor and I don’t see how they cost Apple anywhere near the damages they wanted or even got. Swipe-to-unlock? Apple made such a big deal out of it and how it being copied hurt them so much. I don’t even know anyone with a Samsung phone that even uses that. Universal search…how do you even get a patent for that? It’s ludicrous. Apple is nothing but a hypocritical sore loser that can’t take the competition.

  • You mad bro? 😉

  • Chrome262

    Its only a Samsung tech because they bought the patent, and basically pulled a patient troll on apple. And seriously without Apple, Google, LG, and HTC, Samsung would have nothing.

  • Sick of Apple

    Wow…are you deluded!

  • Sick of Apple

    Oh…and just so you know it doesn’t matter if Samsung developed or bought the technology it’s still theirs. Apple bought a lot of it’s patents too…it isn’t a crime. Samsung uses these patents in their own devices and they have a right to protect their tech every bit as much as Apple does. Patent trolls do nothing with their patents but force others to pay them for their use and therefore Samsung is not a patent troll. If you want to talk about patent trolls though you should know that Apple is more of a patent troll than Samsung ever will be. They co-own a company, Rockstar I believe it is called, that is a certified patent troll. That’s all it does is sue to make money of its patents. The very definition of patent troll.

  • Peter Pottinger

    The real winners are us, the consumer, look how far smartphone tech has progressed ever since other players have entered the market. Allowing the incumbent to rest on its laurels not only destroys innovation but that lack of innovation will eventually destroy the company itself, look at cisco, nortel, ibm, microsoft, hp, dell, blackberry hell any company that has no direct competition eventually went the way of the dodo.

    Apple should be THANKING samsung for the opportunity to compete.