Apple and Samsung's second patent infringement fight is far from over even though the trial is over. Samsung isn't satisfied with its partial win against Apple, and has now said it plans to fight to overturn the ruling that it infringed on the iPhone and iPad maker's patents, too.
Samsung plans to appeal ruling in its second patent case against Apple
After a month long trial, a Federal court jury found last Friday that both Apple and Samsung were infringing on each other's patents. The electronics maker was found to have infringed on three of Apple's patents and was ordered to pay US$120 million in damages.
The jury also found that Apple infringed on one of Samsung's patents, and the Cupertino-based company was ordered to pay Samsung $158,000 in damages. While Samsung was pleased to finally have a US court say that Apple was infringing on one of its patents, the company wasn't happy that it was found to infringe as well.
John Quinn, part of the legal team representing Samsung in the case, said Apple presented unsupported evidence, according to Bloomberg. He added,
Of course we're pleased that the jury awarded Apple 6 percent of what they were asking for. But even that can't stand, because Apple kept out all the real world evidence and didn't produce anything to substitute for it, so you have a verdict that's unsupported by evidence -– and that's just one of its problems.
Samsung's response fits nicely with its modus operandi in patent-related cases. The company has a history of copying competitor's products, intentionally using other company's patented technology without licensing, and use the legal system to stall while it sells its products and takes marketshare.
Sam Baxter, a former Samsung patent attorney said, "They never met a patent they didn't think they might like to use, no matter who it belongs to."
Samsung's announcement that it will appeal the court's ruling doesn't come as a surprise. This is what the company does, and so far the scheme has worked out well. The company's smartphone marketshare is growing, and injunctions against it have little effect because the targeted devices are often outdated and no longer for sale.
Samsung is also appealing Apple's 2012 landslide win where a jury found it infringed on a long list of the company's patents, while at the same time saying Apple didn't infringe on any of its patents.
With both cases headed down the appeal path, Apple and Samsung will be squaring off in court not for months, but for years.