Apple Seeks $2.5 Billion in Damages from Samsung
According to new court filings, Apple is looking to recover $2.5 billion in damages and more than $30 per device sold by Samsung for alleged patent infringement. Apple’s claims for damages are revealed in its initial trial brief filed in court this week ahead of the company’s July 30 trial start date with Samsung. According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents
, Apple believes Samsung’s alleged infringement the company $500 million in profits and $25 million in “reasonable royalty damages.” The document also argued that Samsung has been “unjustly enriched” by an assumed $2,525 billion in damages.
The Cupertino California company is saying that the largest part of those damages is related to Samsung’s alleged infringement of Apple’s design patents. The iPhone maker has asserted that it is entitled to $24 per Samsung device that violates Apple’s design patents or trade dress rights. This is compared to Apple’s move of seeking less for its technical software-based patents. The court filings also revealed that the Apple is entitled to $2.02 per unit in royalties for the “overscroll bounce” patent, $3.10 for the “scrolling API” patent, and $2.02 for the “tap to zoom and navigate” patent. It was pointed out that rather than collecting these royalties, Apple preferred that Samsung just simply work around Apple’s patent inventions.
The filings mentioned that "Apple looks forward to a trial that will vindicate its intellectual property rights. Samsung must play by the rules. It must invent its own stuff. Its flagrant and massive infringement must stop." That being said, Mueller still believes that Apple and Samsung will end up settling their differences outside of the courtroom. The filings revealed that Samsung offered Samsung a half-cent per standard-essential patent. According to Mueller, "the price for Samsung to pay will be a significant per-unit royalty rate, and it will have to accept restrictions in terms of which Apple patents it's allowed to use and in which ways. Samsung will ultimately get paid for its (standards-essential patents), but the amount will be tiny compared to what Samsung owes Apple if it chooses to license its non-SEPs. That's because Apple's patents make the difference between a $50 phone and a $500 device, while Samsung's patents cover a small part of what a $10 component of such products provides."
The heated legal battle between the two tech giants continue as both are unable to reach a compromise. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook even met with Samsung Vice Chairman Choi Gee-Sung last week, but even that attempt ended up being futile as the talks ended up going nowhere. We’ll have to wait and see what comes of the whole ordeal by being patient.
Source: FOSS Patents