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Apple hammers Samsung in damages retrial: Cupertino awarded $290M [U]

updated 03:21 pm EST, Thu November 21, 2013

Pro-Apple verdict decried by Samsung attorneys

[Updated with Apple statement] The Apple versus Samsung damages retrial is complete. The jury awarded Apple $300 million dollars, 76 percent of the $380 million Apple asked for, and nearly six times what Samsung thought it should have to pay. The retrial marks the end of the first Apple and Samsung patent trial, barring appeals. Samsung is now on the hook for a total of around $900 million in damages, with another trial covering different devices and patents to begin in 2014.

The jury came to a verdict around 11:40 AM local time, with the verdict read to the assembled crowd of mostly journalists at 12:32 PM Pacific Standard Time. The trial has concluded despite Samsung's objections to the proceedings and demands for a mistrial on alleged anti-asian racism by Apple attorney Bill Lee, the first Asian-American to lead a major law firm in the United States.

Samsung also attempted to have the proceedings nullified by mistrial pointing or a statement by the US Patent Trade Office (USPTO) demanding Apple defend its patent against invalidity. Both motions were dismissed by presiding Judge Lucy Koh.

"For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money," Apple said in a statement following the verdict. "It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. While it's impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost."

By Electronista Staff
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  1. apostle

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    Joined: 04-16-08

    "barring appeals"

    How many appeals are allowed? Can Samesung file a seperate appeal for each device? Or file a seperate appeal for each point in the final decision?


  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    The report refers to an appeal of the entire first trial, not individual devices. This "damages retrial" was in fact the final part of the first trial.

    In *addition* to Samsung's appeal of the entire trial, and an ongoing effort by Apple to win a ban on the infringing Samsung products (even though very few are still being made, it's a principle thing) which could also be appealed if they win one, there is a second trial covering different patents coming up next year ... and an appeal of THAT after that ... oh and Apple has (successfully) appealed a couple of Koh's earlier decisions ... they could take this case (or the upcoming, separate case) all the way to the Supreme Court (though I very much doubt the SC would accept any such case).

    To answer your question, however, Samsung has the right to appeal the first trial, but I have to say it would probably be a waste of time and money given that TWO juries have said (and Samsung has admitted in court) that they ripped off Apple. But when has Samsung ever had good sense?

  1. aviamquepasa

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    Joined: 10-22-11

    Half of it will go directly to lawyers ;-) Copyright laws are the best thing for them.

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