Samsung still owes Apple $119.6M after jury reshuffles damages
The recent clash in a legal war waged by Apple and Samsung ended with a whimper on Monday as the jury came back with a final decision that left the previously determined damages unchanged.
An eight-person jury on Friday returned a mixed verdict in this year's Samsung v. Apple patent infringement case over patents related to their smartphones and tablets. Samsung was found guilty of infringing three of Apple's five patents at issue and was ordered to pay $119.6 million, much less than the $2.2 billion sought by the maker of the iPhone. At that same time, Apple was found to have infringed one of Samsung's two patents and ordered to pay $158,400. Samsung was asking for $6.2 million.
However, Apple's attorneys disputed one of the damages figures, and Judge Lucy Koh ordered that the jury to reconsider the figure on Monday. It had previously awarded Apple no damages for one version of the Galaxy S2, but Apple believed it should have been awarded some money for Samsung's infringement of the '172 patent. The jury had granted Apple $4.02 million for the Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch and $5.8 million for the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket.
The jury deliberated for two hours Monday before reaching its revised decision. The jurors decided to increase some royalties due for certain models of the Galaxy S2 but lowered for others. For the Galaxy S2, which originally had no damages for the '172 patent, the jury added $4.02 million, bringing the total for that device to $12.6 million. However, it lowered the damages due for the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket to $1.2 million from $5.8 for the '172 patent.
As a result, the overall total damages ended up the same as the jury had determined Friday.
"We agree with the jury's decision to reject Apple's grossly exaggerated damages claim," Samsung said in a statement Monday. "Although we are disappointed by the finding of infringement, we are vindicated that for the second time in the U.S., Apple has been found to have infringed Samsung's patents. It is our long history of innovation and commitment to consumer choice, that has driven us to become the leader in the mobile industry today," the company said.