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Apple seeks triple damages and retrial in latest Samsung verdict

updated 03:20 pm EDT, Sat May 24, 2014

Both Apple, Samsung file near close of business on Friday

Both Apple and Samsung petitioned Judge Lucy Koh's court late on Friday afternoon, seeking to redress grievances brought about by the jury verdict and various court rulings. Bolstered by its most recent victory in court, Apple has filed for a Samsung product sales embargo for most of the Samsung devices found to be infringing the '172 patent covering user text prediction, the '647 data detectors patent, and the "slide to unlock" '721 patent. Additionally, the company is seeking triple the damages awarded by the jury, as Samsung was found to be willfully infringing on Apple's patents.

In addition, Apple writes in its motion that "Samsung's improper and prejudicial statements to the jury warrant a new trial on infringement for the '414 and '959 patents, a new trial on willfulness for all patents other than the '721 patent, and a new trial on damages for all five of Apple's asserted patents."

A jury, comprised largely of self-described "non-technical" users of modern technology, delivered a mixed verdict in the latest Apple-Samsung patent trial, with Samsung found not guilty of infringing two of Apple's five contested patents, but guilty of copying Apple's "data detector" and auto-correct technology. There was also a mixed result on the controversial "slide to unlock" patent. Apple, by contrast, was found guilty of infringing a Samsung patent it purchased elsewhere. Apple was seeking $2.2 billion in damages overall, and was awarded only a fraction of that amount at $120 million -- but Samsung received virtually nothing for its minor win, being awarded only $158,400.

Products found infringing the '647 patent are the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, and Stratosphere products. The Samsung Admire, Galaxy Nexus, and Stratosphere products are infringing the '721 patent. Apple's '172 autocorrect patent was violated in Samsung's Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and Stratosphere products.

Samsung also filed in the court, but the document that Samsung filed is sealed. Presumably, the South Korean manufacturer is also seeking a sales ban on its win on older Apple devices, and is likely also seeking a retrial.


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