U.S. Jury Orders Samsung to Pay a Total of $119 Million to Apple.
During this Friday, a U.S. jury had ordered Samsung Electronics to pay up a total of $119.6 million to Apple inc, far much lesser than Apple had been seeking and marking a big loss for the iPhone maker in its latest round of their globe-spanning mobile patent litigation.
During the entirety of the month-long trail held in San Jose, California, fedaral court, Apple had accused of Samsung violating patents on smartphone features which included universal search, while Samsung denied these charges. On Friday, the jury had found the South Korea smartphone maker had infringed upon two Apple patents.
Samsung and Apple have been litgating around the world for the past three years. Jurors award the iPhone creators with a total amount of $930 million after a 2012 train held in San Jose, but Apple had failed to persuade U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to issues a permanent injunction against the sale of Samsung phones within the United States.
Some industry observers have viewed the ongoing legal dispute as an attempt by Apple to rein in the rapid growth of phones that are based around Google’s Android software. Samsung was by far the largest adopter of the operating system.
“Though this verdict is large by normal standards, it is hard to view this outcome as much of a victory for Apple. This amount is less than 10 percent of the amount Apple requested, and probably doesn’t surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating this case,” said Brian Love, assistant professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law.
“Apple launched this litigation campaign years ago with aspirations of slowing the meteoric rise of Android phone manufacturers. It has so far failed to do so, and this case won’t get it any closer.”
This most recent case involves five of Apple’s patents that were not in the 2012 trail and cover iPhone features such as slide-to-unlock and search technology. Apple is searching for was to ban sales on several Samsung phones, which include the Galaxy S III, And sought just over $2 billion in damages.
At the current moment, its up to Judge Koh to decide on whter a sales ban is warranted, though legal experts deem that unlikely.
“An injunction is extremely unlikely,” argued Michael Carrier, a professor at Rutgers Law School. “The Federal Circuit sets a high bar.”
In response to the verdict, Apple commented that the ruling reinforced its stance that ”Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products.”
Samsung representatives were not immediately available for comment.