Apple Wins $119.6M and Samsung Wins 158K as Both Companies were found Guilty
The Apple vs. Samsung jury recently meted out $119.6 million in damages to Apple after ruling Samsung infringed on two Apple patents. Considered a win, the award is a ways off from the $2.2 billion Apple was seeking in its sit. Following weeks of testimony and three days of deliberations, the eight-member Apple vs. Samsung jury reached a decision awarding Apple $119,625,000 on three infringed patents and Samsung $158,400 on one patent, according to in-court reports from Re/code. The jury foreman, a former IBM executive, read the verdict to those present at the US District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose.
The jury found all accused Samsung devices in infringement of Apple’s ‘647 data detectors patent and partial infringement on the ‘721 patent for “slide-to-unlock” functionality, a contentious piece of IP in the case. Jurors also determined willful infringement of Apple’s ‘172 patent for text prediction, which was found infringed by Presiding Judge Lucy Koh in back in January. Samsung wholly won its defense on the ‘959 universal search and ‘414 background syncing patents. The South Korean tech giant also won $158,400 for Apple’s infringement of its ‘449 patent, while no infringement was found on the ‘239 property.
In its second major California court case against Samsung, Apple accused the Korean company of infringing on five patents included properties covering swipe-to-text, universal search and data detectors. Apple sought $2.19 billion in damages on lost profits and royalties, a number Samsung called a “gross exaggeration” of the patents’ worth. For its part, Samsung leveled a countersuit that started out with five selected patents, though only two made it to trial after case paring. The company was seeking damages for less than $7 million.
The ruling will almost certainly be appealed however, as both sides seek to counter the jury’s decision in favor of their respective cases. Presiding Judge Lucy Koh said there will be a 30 minute recess to make sure the jury’s verdict doesn’t contain inconsistencies. Jurors will be recalled to clarify if this turns out to be the case.