Apple Wants $707 Million Additional Damages From Samsung

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Apple has asked the courts for another $707 million in damages from Samsung, and that's on top of the $1.05 billion already awarded by a federal jury after it found Samsung guilty of willful infringement on Apple design and utility patents.  For its part, Samsung has called the existing damages "unfair" and asked for a retrial.

In late August, a federal jury handed Apple a significant win in its ongoing patent battle with Samsung. It found Samsung guilty on nearly every patent in question and awarded Apple over a billion dollars in damages. It also found that Apple infringed on none of Samsung's patents due to patent exhaustion, and awarded the South Korea company nothing.

Apple and Samsung in the scales of justice

Apple and Samsung’s patent infringement case in the courts again

On Friday, Reuters reported that Apple filed a motion with the court that asked for an additional $707 million in damages. This number includes: $400 million for design infringement, $135 million for infringing on utility patents willfully, $121 million in supplemental damages for products not covered in the deliberations, and $50 million in prejudgement interest on damages through December 31.

Apple has also asked the court to permanently ban "any of the infringing products or any other product with a feature or features not more than colorably different from any of the infringing feature or features in any of the Infringing Products."

This request could not only cover the devices listed in the suit, but be potentially more wide-ranging and even include Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone.

Samsung made its own countermove and asked the court for a new trial. Citing unusal time constraints for a case of this complexity, it claimed it was not able to present a full and fair case for itself.

Samsung also lamented that the patent system "can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners."

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Samsung's comments suggest the company remains unrepentant. The "monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners" comment is particularly odious. It might play well with Android zealots who believe that innovation just happens, but it's utterly divorced not only from reality, but from the very case the company is whining about.

Samsung didn't lose because Apple has a monopoly on rectangles with rounded corner, it lost because it deliberately tried to make its own rectangular devices with rounded corners look like Apple's rectangular devices with rounded corners. Any suggestion of the former—by Samsung or its defenders—is a gross effort to deny reality.

Samsung should have taken this loss as a sign that it's time to focus on its own innovations rather than trying to ape Apple, but the company's public line has instead been that it did nothing wrong, the jury was incompetent, and the judge was unfair. It's absurd.

[This TMO Spin was penned by Bryan Chaffin—all of your anti-Apple hatred should be directed his way, rather than Julie's - Editor]

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Comments

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

So, Bryan, how do you think Samsung’s filings play with Android zealots who believe that innovation is often the result of lots of trial and error and discovery but that it doesn’t deserve what is essentially limitless protection?

noblesse

rectangular rounded corners design had already being in existence even before apple came out with their iphone..its obvious apple copied it and then patent it… wat an irony. no more apple products for me.. im ditching my 4s for S3..

mhikl

Is Sammy just stupid or what? The answer’s simple. Stupid, no class, no honour.
In the background came songs of the child. “Waaaaaa!” “Unfairrrrrr!” “Meanie!”

wab95

Samsung are clearly unapologetic about aping Apple, and have now opted to monkey about with the US courts. If they really hope to swing on the vine of the ‘rectangles with rounded corners’ argument, which they know had nothing to do with this case in that court, then their whole legal team have gone bananas.

I hope that Judge Koh asserts herself as lord of the jungle and sounds the call of human reason.

skipaq

“So, Bryan, how do you think Samsung’s filings play with Android zealots who believe that innovation is often the result of lots of trial and error and discovery but that it doesn’t deserve what is essentially limitless protection?”

Anyone who doesn’t like the rules of the game has two legitimate choices: Don’t play or get the rules changed. There is a third. Play by the rules anyway.

Sisi

Being one of the Forex Brokers i must say that wanting is the first step for having and it is good that apple wants more money from Samsung but i don’t think that this is possible to achieve. There is a slight chance but i don’t think that the balance will turn on one’s part.

nick

I like the Apple and Samsung products. They should work together to make new and great products. The Apple mobile device is very good.

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