Jury Awards Apple $290 Million in Damages from Samsung [u]
The eight-person jury made up of six women and two men has finally reached a verdict in the Apple vs. Samsung retrial of damages: Samsung has to pay $290 million in damages to Apple for infringing upon the company’s patents.
The jury found that Samsung infringed upon Apple’s patents, and it awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages last year. Lucy Koh, however, found in March that the jury miscalculated about $450 million of the damages and ordered a retrial.
The retrial of damages kicked off last week, and during the 4th day Apple’s head of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, took the stand. He said the company would have been more successful if Samsung hadn’t released similar products. As he points out, copying one feature is as damaging for the company as copying 50.
Apple wanted just under $380 million, but Samsung argued it shouldn’t pay more than $52 million.
In the end, Samsung is still liable for paying $600 million in damages, despite judge Lucy Koh vacating about $450 million of the original award. The fact that the South Korean company infringed upon Apple’s patent isn’t being disputed. The new jury just had to decide how much more the South Korean company owes.
Update: Apple reacted in a statement sent to AllThingsD:
“For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. 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.”