Apple vs Samsung lawsuits have been going on for almost two years now and while the latter was successful in winning most of these lawsuits, it seems that the Cupertino’s lawyers did a better job this time. In a recent ruling, Judge Koh found Samsung guilty of infringing Apple’s patents and has ordered Samsung to pay Apple $290 million for the damages cost.
In case you didn’t already know, last year another jury ruled out a fine of over $1 billion to be paid by Samsung to Apple for the patent infringement case. However, this fine was then later cut down to $600 million only to be followed by a retrial on a later date in order to decide a new settlement amount. The Cupertino giant originally demanded a whopping $380 million from Samsung, however, the Koreans were not ready to pay more than $53 million in damages that time. However, after today’s $290 million ruling, it has now been clarified that Samsung owes a total of $890 million to Apple for the patent infringement case.
During this retrial, Apple’s lawyers repeatedly argued that due to Samsung wilfully infringing Apple owned designed patents, a huge chaos was created among the consumers, which eventually led these consumers to question Apple’s design.
I am not a mobile design specialist or a lawyer, so I can’t really comment on the legality of this lawsuit but as far as my untrained eye is concerned, I can’t really see a lot of similarity between the designs of Apple and Samsung.
Nevertheless, now that a final amount has been set, the Apple vs Samsung lawsuit controversy can finally be put to rest.
UPDATE: Apple replied to AllThingsD with the below words.
“For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money,” Apple said in a statement to AllThingsD. “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.”