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article imageSamsung pays out $119 million to Apple

By Tim Sandle     May 3, 2014 in Technology
Mobile phone company Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $119.6 million. The order came from a by a U.S. court for Samsung infringing two of Apple's patents.
In the latest of a seeming never-ending series of court cases, a jury in California delivered its verdict in a federal court in San Jose: this time Samsung are at fault.
However, the payout was far less than Apple wanted. Apple had sought $2 billion at the trial, accusing Samsung of violating five patents relating to smartphone features. One of the patents that Apple had been pursuing was the "slide to unlock" feature on its smartphone, which it says Samsung copied. In the end, ABC News states, the jury found that Apple had infringed only one of Samsung's patents in creating the iPhone 4 and 5.
Engadget lists the Samsung devices accused of infringing the patent: Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Stratosphere.
Samsung countered by denying any wrongdoing and instead sought $6 million after arguing Apple had infringed two of its smartphone patents related to camera use and video transmission. However, the jury stuck with Apple.
How much of a victory was it? One legal analyst told the Wall Street Journal: "This amount is less than 10% of the amount Apple requested and probably doesn't surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating this case," said Brian Love, assistant professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. "Apple launched this litigation campaign years ago with aspirations of slowing the meteoric rise of Android phone manufacturers. It has so far failed to do so, and this case won't get it any closer."
Apple and Samsung have been fighting patent battles for years and across many countries. The on-going dispute isn't over yet.
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