On Thursday the most recent clash between Apple and Samsung was concluded, the result being that Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for the violation of Apple’s design patents, present in 5 android devices available between 2010 and 2011. The total was comprised of $5,325,050 awarded to Apple for Samsung’s infringement on two utility patents, whilst the additional $533,316,606 was for the violation of the three design patents.
The two giants returned to their previous dispute as Samsung appealed to the Supreme Court, complaining that the original damages award of $399 million was an entirely “disproportionate” sum considering the design violation.
The Supreme Court then ordered the U.S. Court of Appeals to chang the damages amount, the core issue discussed being whether or not the sum should be based upon the element of the iPhone that Samsung copied or the entire value of the phone.
“They’re seeking profits on the entire phone, Apple’s design patents do not cover the entire phone. They are entitled to profits only on [infringing] components, not the entire phone.” – Samsung lawyer John Quinn
Samsung argued that Apple should only be entitled to an award for the infringing components, but the jury sided with Apple, and the new award, although less than the $1 billion requested by Apple, is significantly more than both the $28 million Samsung was desirious of paying and the $399 million they were originally ordered to pay before the retiral.
“It is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. We’re grateful to the jury for their service and pleased they agree that Samsung should pay for copying our products.” – Statement released by Apple
Samsung also stated –
“Today’s decision flies in the face of a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in favor of Samsung on the scope of design patent damages. We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity.”