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Apple Wins $539M in Samsung Patent Dispute

Dan Jones
5/25/2018

Apple has been awarded $539 million in damages from Samsung in a US District Court ruling, the latest development in a long-running smartphone patent dispute between the two major vendors.

The case started way back in 2011, when Samsung Corp. was making the Galaxy S2 and S 4G. It involves five design patents around Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPhone.

Apple had been looking for over $1 billion in damages from its biggest smartphone rival. Samsung lawyers got that figure reduced in 2015.

Apple described the verdict as a big win, saying that the case "has always been about more than money," in a statement to The Mercury News.

Samsung has already hinted that the case may not yet be over, saying it is "considering all options."

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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Michelle
Michelle
5/31/2018 | 9:35:11 PM
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I knew things were sluggish, but that sounds terrible. I guess it's good this case is moving a touch faster.

 
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/30/2018 | 10:00:24 PM
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@Michelle: Outside of small-claims and a few other very special circumstances, unsettled litigation takes years. Period. And appeals add months to years. Doesn't matter if it's a minor fender-bender or an employer fighting unemployment benefits or a major Bill of Rights case or an inter-corporate patent war.

That said, the Apple-Samsung patent battle has been progressing at not that slow a pace, considering.
Michelle
Michelle
5/30/2018 | 12:03:02 AM
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@Joe thanks for the additional info (lawyered!). How long do you think it'll take to get to a final decision? Will it be as painful as watching contestants talk through answers on Who Wants to be a Millionare - or worse?
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/29/2018 | 11:44:04 PM
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@Michelle: It's a District Court ruling, so it is appealable if they can find grounds for appeal.

That said, the award, as I recall, is pursuant to the Supreme Court kicking it back down on remand with a directive to adjust the award to reflect the proportion of infringement Samsung's devices represent.

That said, Samsung may take issue with the formula the District Court used to come up with this. It may go all the way back up to SCOTUS. Time will tell.
Michelle
Michelle
5/29/2018 | 11:33:36 PM
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Never-ending appeals? This should be fun. Acutally, I did have fun reading daily live tweets from a tech reporter covering the trial. It was by far the best coverage online. 
Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
5/29/2018 | 7:58:10 AM
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Yes, Samsung's expected appeal mean this is faaaaar from over. If Samsung wins on appeal, Apple will appeal.
Michelle
Michelle
5/25/2018 | 4:37:23 PM
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What else would Samsung do after the verdict? What are the other options available?
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