TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

$119M smartphone patent award from Samsung falls short for Apple

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:39 p.m.
 

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California jury late Friday awarded Apple $119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smartphone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents.

The verdict was a far cry from the $2.2 billion Apple sought and the $930 million it won in a 2012 trial making similar patent infringement claims against older Samsung products, most of which are no longer for sale in the United States.

The jury found that Apple had infringed on one of Samsung's patents in making the iPhone 4 and 5. Jurors awarded Samsung $158,400, trimming that amount from the original $119.62 million verdict. Samsung had sought $6 million.

“Though this verdict is large by normal standards, it is hard to view this outcome as much of a victory for Apple,” Santa Clara University law professor Brian Love said. “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.”

The award may be adjusted slightly in favor of Apple. Jurors were ordered to return to court on Monday to continue deliberations on a minor matter that could result in a higher award for Apple. Because the jury is still empaneled, jurors were prevented from talking publicly about the case.

Samsung spokesman Lauren Restuccia declined to comment, but Apple declared victory.

“Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said. “We are fighting to defend the hard work that goes into beloved products like the iPhone, which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers.”

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Congress approves 1-week funding measure for Homeland Security
  2. Rep. Schock of Illinois shoulders $40K cost of office renovation
  3. Suspects’ search of victims’ homes OK’d in Colorado
  4. Why would GOP candidate for Missouri governor Schweich kill himself?
  5. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects Jewish House Democrats’ invitation
  6. 8 shot to death, including gunman, in Missouri rampage
  7. Obama pitches privacy bill, Democrats say
  8. Attorney General Holder backs change in civil rights law
  9. Mo. gunman kills 7, self, in rampage
  10. More Indian tribes rethink idea of legalized marijuana on reservations
  11. Gene making human brains bigger found