SAN JOSE, California — In the case Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co.( 11-cv-01846, U.S. District Court, Northern District of San Jose,California) — the jury ruled in favor of Apple Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co. will have to pay $539 million in damages over smartphone technology which has been going on for seven years after the start of a global patent battle.
It was already established that the South Korean company infringed three of Apple’s design patents — covering the rounded corners of its phones, the rim that surrounds the front face, and the grid of icons that users view — and two utility patents, which protect the way something works and is used.
“Today’s decision flies in the face of a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in favor of Samsung on the scope of design patent damages,” Samsung said in a statement after the verdict. “We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers.”
John Quinn, a lawyer for Samsung, told the judge the verdict isn’t “supported by the evidence,” and that the company would raise its objections in court filings.
Apple said in a statement that the case “has always been about more than money.”
“We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers,” the company said.
A $1.05 billion jury verdict in 2012 was whittled down by a previous retrial in 2013, along with appeals and adjustments. After Samsung agreed to pay some damages, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016 and was returned to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh with an order to revisit $399 million of that award. Now Samsung has to pay an additional $140 million.