When you’re making a list of things to be thankful for, make sure to add “I am not a juror in the Samsung v. Apple patent case,” somewhere near the top. Jurors will likely have to complete 12 pages of an über complex form to determine what damages are due to each company!
Shown above are just three of the twelve pages jurors in the Apple vs Samsung patent trial will have to complete to determine the damages due to each company. Apple is claiming a little over $2B from Samsung for alleged infringement of five of its patents, while Samsung is counter-claiming a more modest $40M for claimed violations of two of its patents by Apple.
Things could be worse for the poor jurors. While Apple has objected to the complexity of the form, which jurors will use to determine which patents have been violated by which device models, Samsung has pushed for an even more “comprehensive” form, originally arguing for a 34-page form.
The detailed form is an effort to prevent a repeat of the outcome of the previous patent battle between the two companies. In that trial, Apple was originally awarded $1B in damages, which was cut by the court by $450M, and a retrial was ordered to revisit the damages awards. A retrial awarded Apple $290M for the contested portion of the damages, bringing Apple’s award to $930M.
The judge presiding over the case, Judge Lucy Koh, is expected to rule on the form by the end of the day, and the jury is scheduled to begin deliberations on Monday.
You can view the entire form below, via AppleInsider: