Jury orders Samsung to pay Apple $290 million in patent case


The Apple logo is illuminated in the entrance to the Fifth Avenue Apple store, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (Mark Lennihan/AP)
November 21, 2013

A federal jury has ordered Samsung to pay Apple $290 million in damages for infringing on patents related to the iPhone and iPad, according to a report from the Associated Press, after a day and a half of deliberations.

Last August, a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages after finding evidence of infringement. But U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California vacated about $450 million of those damages after finding the jury had miscalculated their estimate. Last week, the two companies were back in a San Jose courtroom for a retrial focused on how much of the vacated damages should be restored.

The final sum reached Thursday is far more than the $52 million Samsung proposed. Apple had sought $390 million. The new verdict brings the total damages from last summer’s case back over the $1 billion mark.

Samsung tried to stop the retrial, as the San Jose Mercury News, reported, filing a request to stay the trial Wednesday on the grounds that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had doubts about the validity of one of the Apple patents at stake in the trial. The Korean firm also complained that Apple’s legal team unfairly tried to influence the jury by bringing up the national origins of both companies. Koh denied that request but asked jurors to put aside their national biases as they evaluated the claims, according to the AP.

In a statement, Samsung said that it was disappointed with the decision, and again said it believes the case is “based in large part on a patent that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recently deemed invalid.”

“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,” the company said.

Apple could not immediately be reached for comment.

Legal experts say Samsung is expected to appeal Thursday’s decision; it has already filed an appeal for last summer’s case.

The trial was a repeat of the major legal battle the two companies fought in the courtroom last summer and perhaps a preview of what may come in another patent trial scheduled to take place next year. Apple and Samsung have been locked in several battles across the globe over intellectual property issues, adding a bitter legal dimension to the firms’ ongoing rivalry for the consumer smartphone market.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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