After a month long trial, a jury in the United States awarded Apple over $119 million in a patent battle with Samsung. The damages are far less than what Apple had demanded in the case and were further hampered when the jury also found Apple guilty of infringing one of Samsung’s patents.
The damages award could be raised slightly as the jury will return on Monday to discuss a smaller issue pertaining to the damages regarding one variant of Samsung Galaxy S2, which although found infringing an Apple patent but was not awarded any damages by the jury.
Apple had originally sued Samsung claiming that the ten of the Korean technology giant’s Android phones and tablets infringed five of its patents. In the end, the jury found Samsung in violation of three of Apple’s patents. On the other hand, Samsung had accused Apple of infringing two of its patents in five of its devices but the jury only found Apple in violation of one of Samsung’s patents.
Damages awarded to Apple: $119,625,000 (this number could increase on Monday as we have already stated)
Damages awarded to Samsung: $158,400
Here is the list of patents that Apple claimed, had been infringed by Samsung, and which one Samsung was actually found to be in violation of:
- Patent No. ‘172: regarding predictive text (infringed in Samsung Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, S II Epic Touch 4G, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Stratosphere)
- Patent No. ‘414: involves background syncing activity, such as syncing calendars, email, and contacts (Samsung not found in violation)
- Patent No. ‘647: regarding “quick links” (all ten Samsung devices found in violation – Samsung Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, S II Epic Touch 4G, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Stratosphere, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, Tab 2 10.1)
- Patent No. ‘721: regarding slide-to-unlock (Samsung Admire, Galaxy Nexus and Stratosphere found to be infringing the patent)
- Patent No. ‘959: regarding universal search (Samsung not found in violation)
List of patents that Samsung accused Apple of infringing and which ones Apple was actually found guilty to be in violation of:
- Patent No. ‘239: regarding video transmission functionality, with implications against use in FaceTime (Apple not found in violation)
- Patent No. ‘449: regarding camera and folder organization (all five Apple devices – iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod Touch (5th generation, 2012) and iPod Touch (4th generation, 2011) found to in violation of the patent)
“Though this verdict is large by normal standards, it is hard to view this outcome as much of a victory for Apple. This amount is less than 10 percent of the amount Apple requested, and probably doesn’t surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating this case,” Brian Love, assistant professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law told Reuters.
“Apple launched this litigation campaign years ago with aspirations of slowing the meteoric rise of Android phone manufacturers. It has so far failed to do so, and this case won’t get it any closer,” he added.
To remind you, Apple was previously awarded damages around $930 million in a 2012 trial with Samsung over patent infringement in some old devices.