Menu
Apple-Samsung jury corrects verdict form but leaves Apple's damages at $119.5 million

Apple-Samsung jury corrects verdict form but leaves Apple's damages at $119.5 million

The jury returned Monday to fix an error it made Friday in its damages calculations

The Apple-Samsung jury returned to court Monday to fix an error in its verdict form, but in doing so it declined to award Apple any additional damages.

The correction it made means the trial is now over -- pending appeals -- and that Samsung must pay Apple US$119.5 million in damages, far less than the $2.2 billion it had been seeking.

The jury issued its initial verdict late Friday, finding Samsung had infringed two of the patents Apple sued over, and awarding damages for a third patent that Samsung had already been found to infringe. Samsung was cleared of infringing two other patents, and it was awarded $158,400 for Apple's infringement of one Samsung patent.

But it quickly emerged Friday that the jury had made an error on the verdict form, by allocating no damages for a Samsung product that was found to have infringed an Apple patent. The jury returned to the District Court in San Jose, California, on Monday to finish its work, which took about two hours.

The jury awarded Apple $4 million for the overlooked product, but it didn't change its original damages award, according to reporters in the courtroom. Instead, the jury shuffled the amounts it had already awarded so that the total came out the same.

The verdict is seen as a blow to Apple and a win for both Samsung and Google, whose Android OS runs on Samsung's phones and who had agreed to cover some of Samsung's costs in the trial.

The form the jury had to fill in was a complicated one so the mistake Friday didn't come as a surprise. The jurors had to make dozens of calculations based on all the products and patents at issue in the trial, and also for different Samsung subsidiaries.

In the end, the vast majority of Apple's damages -- $99 million -- were awarded for Samsung's infringement of U.S. Patent 5,946,647, which covers quick links that add contextual menus to items like phone numbers and email addresses.

Apple had asked the jury for more than $2 billion in damages for what it alleged was Samsung's massive infringement of five Apple patents in nine smartphones and one tablet.

It was the second major patent trial between the two smartphone makers in California. In a previous trial, two juries in the same Silicon Valley court awarded Apple a total of $929 million in damages. Samsung has appealed that verdict, and now both sides are expected to appeal parts of this latest verdict.

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow James on Twitter at @jniccolai. James's e-mail address is james_niccolai@idg.com


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags smartphonesAppleAndroidlegaliPhoneconsumer electronicsintellectual propertypatentSamsung Electronics

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments