Samsung to pay Apple $290m in copyright damages

Samsung to pay Apple $290m in copyright damages

Samsung has been ordered to pay US$290 million to Apple in damages for copyright infringement, after Apple claimed 26 Samsung devices copy iPhone and iPad technology.

The decision comes as a result of a retrial ordered by United States District Judge Lucy Koh, who ruled the US$1.05 billion damages figure ordered by a previous jury had been miscalculated.

Apple requested US$379.8 million in damages, while Samsung insisted it should be US$52.7 million. As such, it is expected that Samsung will appeal.

“For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money,” Apple said.

“It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. While it’s impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost.”

Apple claimed 26 Samsung  devices copy iPhone and iPad technologies, such as the “pinching” zoom on the touchscreen devices.

The jury found 13 older Samsung models copy Apple technology.

A further trial is set for 2014 to determine whether current Samsung devices infringe on Apple’s patents.

The new damages ruling comes in addition to payments ordered at the initial trial which were upheld, bringing the total amount of damages to be paid by Samsung to almost US$930 million.

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