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Samsung to pay Apple $539 million in iPhone patent case

May 25, 2018 • Online & Social

Apple Wins $539 Million Jury Award From Samsung in iPhone Patent Battle

Apple Wins $539 Million Jury Award From Samsung in iPhone Patent Battle

The patent legal war between Samsung and Apple has finally come to an end.

According to reports by CNET, a jury in the U.S District in San Jose ruled unanimously that Samsung has to pay Apple a total of $539 million for violating five of Apple’s patents related to its iPhone.

The report said most of the money was for the violation of three design patents that were held by Apple, with the rest of the money going to pay off violations of two utility patents. As of this writing, Samsung has not indicated if it will try to appeal the jury’s decision.

This ruling follows after Apple filed a lawsuit in 2011, claiming Samsung had infringed on many of its iPhone patents, which it said that Samsung used in its earliest Galaxy smartphones. In 2012, a jury ruled Samsung must pay $930 million in damages, but in 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals cut Samsung’s penalty down to “just” $548 million.

CNET reports that during this new trial, Samsung agreed to pay Apple its requested $5.3 million penalty for infringing the two utility patents. However, it tried to argue that it only needed to pay $28 million for the three design patent violations. Apple said the penalty should be a whopping $1.07 billion. In this case, it would appear that the jury decided to cut Apple’s requested amount by about half of what it had wanted.

Edited by Neo Sesinye
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