According to the court documents, after five years of fighting the case, a US jury said that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should pay $539 million to Apple Inc for copying the patented smartphone features on Thursday. This brings the 5-year-old long-case between the technology companies to an end.
This unanimous decision which was taken by the US District Court in San Jose present in the heart of Silicon Valley is about the halfway between the two largest mobile phone makers and had sought the high-profile case which was started back to 2011.
The amount which will pay by the Samsung $533,316,606 was for infringing the Apple phone design for its three phones, and the remaining $5,325,050 was for infringing the rest two utility patents. Samsung has already been found to infringe the patents, and this trail was determined some damages.
The top smartphone rivals companies have been in the court when Apple filed a lawsuit against the Samsung’s smartphones and tablets which is copied of the Apple smartphones. Samsung already has found liable in the 2012 trail, but the disagreement over the amount to be paid led to the current retrial over the damages where arguments had ended on May 18th. Samsung has already paid Apple $399 million in compensation to Apple for infringing some patents.
The jury’s rationale is not clear, but it is clearly understood about the importance of the design patents in the tech industry.
According to John Quinn, who is the Samsung attorney told US District Court Judge Lucy Koh that, “Obviously, we have some issues that will be addressed in post-trial motions. We don’t think the evidence supports it.” In a further statement, Samsung has shown the displeasure by saying, “Today’s decision flies in the face of a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in favour of Samsung on the scope of design patent damages. We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers.”
Apple said in a statement, “We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers. This case has always been about more than money. Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone, and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple.”