Jury Awards Apple $290 Million from Samsung in Damages Retrial

Apple in CourtThe jury in Apple's damages retrial with Samsung reached their decision on Thursday, awarding apple more than US$290 million. That amount brings Apple's damage award to some $900 million. That's down from the $1.05 billion originally awarded, but much more than Samsung wanted to pay.

Apple issued a statement to AllThingsD arguing that its patent infringement suits against Samsung weren't about the money. That statement:

For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. While it’s impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost.

CNet reported the specific award as being $290,456,793. Apple had been asking for $380 million out of the original $410 million that was being retried, while Samsung had argued it should only have to pay $52 million.

The jury deliberated for two days, and The Verge reported that those deliberations included a vanity request for a copy of the court artist's rendering of them, the jury. You know, as a keepsake, "if this is possible."

The retrial focused specifically on the damages, rather than Samsung's guilt or innocence. In 2012, a jury found Samsung guilty of infringing on several of Apple's design and utility patents and awarded the iPhone maker $1.05 billion in damages.

Judge Lucy Koh later threw out $450 million of those damages—an amount later reduced to $410 million) after finding the jury had improperly calculated that portion of the award. She ordered a retrial for those damages, and that's what concluded on Thursday.

In the meanwhile, everything is still being appealed, and Samsung will no doubt appeal this new award. Samsung also asked Judge Koh for a stay in the case even as the jury was deliberating, something Apple argued was "beyond reason." That would appear to be moot at this point.

Also in the works are other trials in the U.S. for infringement on newer Samsung products and other patents.