Apple has won a lawsuit against Samsung over Apple’s original accusation that Samsung had stolen its technology. The court said that two of the four of Apple’s patents mentioned in the lawsuit had been violated by Samsung and ordered the company to pay $120 million. The initial lawsuit sought $2 billion, but Apple did not receive anything close to what it was originally hoping. According to one legal expert, the outcome should not be considered a victory for Apple, since its legal fees are probably nearly as much as the amount they will be receiving from Samsung.
Apple Inc. (AAPL), after seeking $2 billion in damages, won only $120 million from Samsung Electronics Co. in a jury trial over smartphone technology.
The verdict sets the stage for the iPhone maker to seek a judge’s order banning U.S. sales of its rival’s devices that infringed its patents. The jury also found that Apple infringed one Samsung patent, awarding it $158,000 in damages.
“It is hard to view this outcome as much of a victory for Apple,” Brian Love, an assistant professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, said in an e-mail. “This amount is less than 10 percent of the amount Apple requested and probably doesn’t surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating this case.”
The eight-person jury, which heard almost four weeks of evidence in the companies’ second U.S. trial, announced its verdict today in federal court in San Jose, California, after three full days of deliberations. Jurors found that Samsung infringed two of the four Apple patents it considered in a case, which revolved around whether the maker of Galaxy phones used features in Google Inc.’s Android operating system that copied the iPhone maker’s technology.
Other functions Apple alleged are covered by its patents include updating applications while using other features of the phone and automatic spelling corrections. A finding that Samsung infringed the auto-correction patent was issued by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh before the trial.
The world’s top two smartphone makers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees on battles across four continents to dominate a market that was valued at $338.2 billion last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.