SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — A federal jury awarded Apple over $290 million Thursday in an ongoing patent dispute with Samsung Electronics regarding technology used in iPhones and iPads. The decision came after two days of deliberation.
Samsung must pay Apple $290,456,793 in additional damages for patent infringement; Apple requested $380 million in damages while Samsung said it should pay $52M for the use of Apple in 13 older products.
"For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said in a statement. "It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love."
In 2012, the San Jose jury decided most of the Samsung smartphones in the case infringe three design patents on the iPhone’s industrial design and app screen (D 593,087; D 618,677; and D 604,305). It also said most of the accused Samsung smartphones and some of its tablets infringe three Apple utility patents (US 7,469,381; US 7,864,163; and US 7,844,915) on the look-and-feel of the software on both the iPhone and iPad.
In addition, the jury said those patents were valid despite Samsung’s attacks using world-class experts showing multiple examples of what it claimed were prior art. The jury also upheld Apple’s claims Samsung handsets violated its registered and unregistered trade dress on the original and 3GS iPhones.
As a result, Apple was awarded more than $1 billion for infringed patents in 26 products. US District Judge Lucy Koh later ruled the jury had miscalculated damages for 13 products. This latest legal win brings Apple's damages against Samsung to $929 million.
"We are disappointed by today's decision, which is based in large part on a patent that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recently deemed invalid," Samsung spokesman Adam Yates said in a statement.
The ruling sends a message to Samsung and other companies about the consequences of copying intellectual property, Tim Bajarin, president of technology consulting firm Creative Strategies, told EE Times. A jury trial set for March 2014 to determine whether current Samsung models are infringing on iPhone and iPad products.
"The next phase is Apple going to the court to get some products banned, and that will be next big battle," Bajarin said. "None of us have a good hold on how the courts would rule on that. These courts have ruled in Apple’s favor I think the chances lean more toward (Samsung devices) banned. But Samsung will put up a big fight."
Yates said Samsung would continue to "innovate with groundbreaking technologies and great products" while the company continues with post-trial motions and appeals. Still, Bajarin said Samsung is already doing different designs such as 3D and curved screens.
"The real issue is less a hardware issue as much a software services issue," he said. "Samsung fundamentally uses Android, which is basically the same system all their competitors are using. Everyone is creating Android products and though the hardware is different, the software is the same. Ultimately, they’re going to have to control their software destiny."
— Jessica Lipsky, Associate Editor, EE Times