Jury Verdict: Samsung to Pay $119,625,000 to Apple
The jury today announced a unanimous verdict in the second Apple vs. Samsung trial. After carrying out several deliberations they came to a conclusion on Samsung’s infringement on three out of five patents explained in the lawsuit. As per the verdict, Samsung is required to pay $119.6 million instead of $2 billion which was the original amount claimed by Apple.
The infringed patents are ‘647 syncing patent and ‘721 slide to unlock, and the non infringed patents are ‘959 universal search, ‘414 background syncing and ‘172 autocomplete patent.
Coming to Samsung’s claims, Apple was found guilty for contravening ‘449 patent which states “Apparatus for recording and reproducing digital image and speech”, for which Apple is required to pay Samsung an amount of $158,400.
There was an argument between both the parties, as per the second lawsuit which began on March 31, Apple claimed that Samsung owed $2.2 billion for infringing 5 separate iPhone patents. Contrary to which, Samsung argued that Apple too infringed two of their patents, asking for $6.2 million as damages.
During the trail, Apple had invited very many industry experts to assert the point that Samsung owed $2 billion on which Samsung argues that Apple’s $2 billion appeal was absurd, insisting that they only owed $40 million, or $1.75 per device.
Samsung’s center of attention was on proving that Apple was targeting Android in their suit, summoning Google witnesses like former Android chief Andy Rubin, Apple also bought testimony from its employees which covered evidences on the design, development and marketing of the first iPhone.
Before the trail was over, a word came into light that Google agreed to pay for lawyer fees and potential damage charges related to few of the patents in the lawsuit. These patents do not cover the ones which Apple accused Samsung of infringement.
Briefing:Update 5:50 PM PT
Apple issued the following concluding statement to Re/code:
“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.”
Briefing: Closing update 6:05 PM PT
Apple’s lawyers claim to have identified an error, proposing one product (the Galaxy S2) to have infringed the ‘172 patent received no damages award. Consequently, the jury will need to come back on Monday to review and finalize the damages award.