Jury Rules Samsung Infringed On Some Apple Patents, Ordered to Pay $119.6 Million

After three days of deliberations and several weeks of testimony, the jury reached a unanimous verdict in the second Apple vs. Samsung trial (via CNET). The jury found that Samsung willfully infringed on two of five patents involved in the lawsuit. As a result, Samsung has been ordered to pay $119.6 million, far from the total that Apple was hoping for.

In this second lawsuit, which began on March 31, Apple argued that Samsung owed it $2.2 billion in damages for infringing on five separate iPhone patents. Samsung argued that Apple had infringed on two of its own patents, asking for $6.2 million in damages.

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Over the course of the trial, Apple called in numerous experts to argue why it was owed $2 billion, chalking the total up to lost profits and reasonable royalty estimates. Samsung argued that Apple’s $2 billion request was ludicrous, insisting it should owe only $40 million, or $1.75 per device.

While Samsung focused on proving that Apple was actually targeting Android in its suit, calling multiple Google witnesses like former Android chief Andy Rubin, Apple presented the jury with testimony from its own employees on the design, development, and marketing of the original iPhone.

During the trial, news broke that Google is covering lawyer fees and potential damage awards related to four of the patents in the lawsuit. Four of the five patents Apple has accused Samsung of infringing on are part of the Android operating system, and Google will presumably help pay damages for the ‘647 data syncing patent Samsung was accused of violating.

This damages award adds to the damages from the original Apple vs. Samsung trial, in which Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $890 million. This suit focused on newer devices, including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab 10.1, the iPhone 4/4s/5, the iPad 2/3/4, the iPad mini, and fourth and fifth generation iPod touch.



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