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Apple Will Seek Triple Damages From Samsung

Posted in Apple, News on 19/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

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Apple is ready to ask Judge Lucy Koh to require Samsung to pay triple damages as part of its mobile patent win here in the United States. If the judge goes along, Samsung will face making a $3 billion payment to Apple for damages.

The Mac Observer:

A Federal Court jury ruled in August that Samsung was willfully infringing on several Apple-owned mobile device patents and awarded the iPhone and iPad maker over $1 billion in damges while opening the door for an injunction blocking the sale of several Android-based smartphones from Samsung.

The jury also found that Apple wasn’t infringing on Samsung’s mobile device patents.

Apple and Samsung have been fighting what amounts to a World Tour of lawsuits around the globe. Both claim the other party is using their patents, and Apple says Samsung has blatantly copied the iPad’s look and feel.

By finding that Samsung willfully infringed on Apple’s patents, the jury opened the door to the possibility of triple damages.

“By using that condition, Apple has decided to request the judge to order Samsung to pay more than $3 billion in the hearing on the San Jose verdict on September 21 in California,” a senior legal executive speaking anonymously with The Korea Times said.

Apple and Samsung have not commented on today’s report.



  • http://twitter.com/RoninM MRonin

    I can’t agree with this decision. Yes Samsung was found having willfully infringed, but this case has generated so much bad press for both sides that this action on Apple’s part comes off as pure greed. They won, Samasung lost and even 3 billion is a drop in the bucket to Samsung and even less of a drop for Apple.

    So what do you say Apple, how about NOT giving Samsungs lawyers more reason to froth at the mouth? Both sides need to start acting like reasonable adults now.

  • Faisal

    Its nothing personal, its just business.

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