In what seems like a landmark victory for Apple and a jab at “who is superior”, Samsung has been found guilty by a court in San Jose, United States, for infringing on Apple’s design patents.
As reported by the Reuters, in the ongoing retrial of design patent infringement, the jury voted in favour of Apple, and Samsung is ordered to pay a sum total of $539 million in damages for infringing five of Apple’s iPhone patents.
According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple is awarded a sum of $533.3 million plus concessions for additional $5.3 million. The CNet report states that a huge part of the amount was for the violation of three design patents and the rest is for violating two utility patents. Currently, Samsung has shown no action or released any statements on readdressing the lawsuit.
This issue started back in 2011 when a lawsuit was filed by Apple against Samsung for using many of its iPhone designs in its early Galaxy devices without Apple’s permission. Samsung was found guilty and ordered to pay a total of $930 million in damages, but it brought back the matter to U.S. Court of Appeals in 2015, which reduced it to $548 million.
Although Samsung agreed to pay this amount in December 2015, the company decided to re-appeal it again in front of the U.S. Supreme Court which ruled out the case against Apple and sent it back to the lower courts for readdressing in December 2016.
Back and forth this lawsuit went until the present ruling which slashed the amount presented by Apple – $1.07 billion – for Samsung’s infringement on its design patents to the present sum of $539 million.
This may not be the end of the issue of design patents infringement, as we expect it to drag on and on.