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Jurors award Apple a fraction of damages sought

Posted: 05 May 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The verdict in the second patent infringement case between giants Apple and Samsung gives both sides reason to claim victory publicly and feel defeat privately.

Apple can claim it won by far the most damages ($119.6 million) and instances of infringement. However, it reaped little more than five per cent of the $2.191 billion in the damages it sought-far less than the $1.05 billion awarded in its first case here 18 months ago-and the jury found no infringement on two of its five patents in the case.

Samsung was awarded damages for Apple infringing one of its patents, but it got an even smaller fraction ($158,400) of the total ($6 million) it sought, and a fraction of the amount awarded to Apple. It was the first decision in the two cases of Apple infringing a Samsung patent.

A few shoes have yet to fall in the case. Judge Lucy H. Koh will be asked to grant an injunction against Samsung selling infringing mobile devices in the U.S. That's not widely expected, and in any case Samsung's latest models such as the Galaxy S5 were not at issue in the trial.

Jurors found Samsung guilty of willful infringement on the '721 patent on which it awarded just $750,648 in damages. The decision gives Judge Koh the option of increasing those damages up to three fold.

Jurors will be dismissed today and get an opportunity to talk publicly about their thinking behind the verdict. It's anyone's guess what the four men and four women on the jury will decide.

Before they are let go, they will be asked why they assessed no damages for one Samsung smartphone they decided had infringed, an apparent mistake caught by Apple's attorneys.

The eight-person jury decided Samsung owes Apple $119.6 million for infringing three of its patents. Apple owes Samsung $158,000 for infringing one of its patents.

In summary, the jury found:

* All Samsung accused devices infringed Apple's '947 "quick links" patent.

* No Samsung devices infringed the '959 "universal search" or '414 "background synch" patents.

* Six Samsung devices infringed Apple's '721 slide-to-unlock patent.

* The Judge ruled at the start of the case Samsung infringed Apple's '172 "automatic word correction" patent.

* Apple infringed Samsung's '449 patent on presenting photos and videos.

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