Legal deadlock: Jury to decide on multimillion dollar Samsung – Apple copyright settlement
Apple says that the South Korean phone maker copied a number of
aspects of its smartphone and tablet designs, such as the iconic
design and overall hardware aesthetic.
The week-long trial in San Jose, California is expected to resume
on Wednesday. Samsung argues it only owes Apple $52 million for
Samsung has lost big on Asian markets, as investors await the court decision on how much the handset maker should pay Apple. Shares were down 1.28 percent at 14:00 MST Wednesday.
Apple and Samsung have been embattled in a bitter patent row.
This week they return to court to determine damages involving 13
of 26 devices in which an earlier jury found Samsung infringed
Apple was initially awarded $1.05 billion in August 2012 after a judge
ruled it copied critical features of the iPhone and iPad.
However, US District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that the jury didn’t
accurately assess the damage for the 13 products, and reduced the
award by $410.5 million
This particular case will decide how much of the $410.5 million
Samsung will “payback” to Apple.
Samsung accused Apple’s lawyer of making a prejudiced remark in
Tuesday’s closing statements, which prompted Samsung’s lawyer to
request the trial be invalidated, Bloomberg reports.
Tension has been high in the back and forth litigation between
the two companies, as they compete for brand dominance in the
$300 billion smartphone market.
In August US President Barack Obama decided to veto an import ban on Apple products,
overturning a June ruling by the US International Trade Commission that
approved Samsung’s request to ban Apple products that infringed
The South Korea tech giant lost $1 billion in market value in a
single day after the decision.
Apple appealed, and failed to ban Samsung in the US in a 2012 Supreme Court case over patent infringement.
Apple has gradually been losing customers to Samsung products,
which run the Android operating system which is also used on LG,
Motorola, HTC, and other devices. The platform offers a more
“open” system than Apple.
September’s release of the new iPhone models – the 5Si and the
5C (a pared-down plastic model) didn’t win over investors and
Apple maintains the Samsung products are near copies of their
flagship smartphones and tablets, and they are owned compensation
for copying key features.