Samsung is going to have to pay competitor Apple a massive $539 million in damages after a jury decided the Korean tech giant illegally copied some of the iPhone’s features to lure people into buying its competing products.
In a statement, Apple said: “We believe deeply in the value of design. This case has always been about more than money.”
Apple sued Samsung, appealing that their handsets copied several patented features of the iPhone – in particular, the rounded rectangle shape of the device, the layout of the icons, and the flat screen.
The ruling late last week is the latest in the continuing saga between the tech giants that began in 2011. Previous rulings had already determined that Samsung infringed on some of Apple’s patents, but the amount of damages owed has been hanging in legal limbo. Another jury convened for a 2012 trial had determined Samsung should pay Apple $1.05 billion, AP Reported.
The case at one time went to the Supreme Court, who referred it back to a lower court to re-examine the case and the scope of the infringement. Apple contends Samsung wouldn’t have emerged as the world’s leading seller of smartphones if it hadn’t ripped off the technology powering the pioneering iPhone in developing a line of similar devices running on Google’s Android software.
An eight-person jury came up with the new amount following a one-week trial and four days of deliberation in a San Jose, California, federal courthouse.
Apple expressed gratitude to the jury for agreeing “that Samsung should pay for copying our products.”
“Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design” Apple said in a released statement .
“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. “We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers.”
Samsung was also recently slapped with another patent lawsuit with Austin, Texas-based PACid Technologies. All of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone models of the past three years are implicated in the lawsuit, including the Galaxy S6, S7, S8, and their Edge iterations. PACid asserts that the PASS biometric authentication and KNOX security systems used in the Samsung devices infringe on three patented encryption technologies from PACid, one of which is filed in Korea and the other two in the US. PACid’s claims to compensation reach up to $3 billion in value, MobileIDworld reported.
By Artie Weinberger