California jury charged Samsung to pay Apple nearly $539 million as financial damages for copying patented design and utility features on the original iPhone in its own phones.
However Apple wanted about $1 billion. Samsung wanted to pay about $28 million. Samsung must pay about $533.3 million for violating rules and using design patents and an additional $5.3 million for on utility patents.
Apple said, “Money is not the matter, we believe deeply in the value of design to create innovative products that delight our customers. In December 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the near $400 million judgment that Apple had won over allegations that Samsung copied iPhone design features used in its own phones.
Samsung had already paid $548 million to Apple. But what the Supreme Court effectively did was kick the case back down to the lower courts to have a jury decide how those damages will be calculated.
The 1887 patent law on which the Apple-Samsung case depends relates to covered design patents. The Supreme Court previously noted the article of manufacturer, which is “broad enough to include both a product sold to a consumer and a component of that product, whether sold separately or not.”
Apple had been seeking the full profits attributable to the sales of the infringed phones. Apple marketing executive Greg Joswiak said that the company was “risking everything” back when it was developing the iPhone.
Samsung had been arguing for smaller penalties directly related to the value of components or features impacted by the patents. Samsung hasn’t sold the phones in question in more than five years.
Theo O’Farrell was born and raised in Summerside. As a journalist Theo has contributed to CBC News Blog, The Calgary Herald and Buzz Feed. In regards to academics, Theo earned his sociology degree from Queens. Theor covers local news and culture stories here at Island Daily Tribune.