Samsung Appealing $930M Apple Patent Infringement Award
The original patent infringement case was won by Apple in August 2012, when it was awarded a $1.05 billion verdict from Samsung. The amount was later lowered by the court.The 3-year-old, back-and-forth patent war between Samsung Electronics and Apple is back in court, this time with Samsung appealing a $930 million patent infringement award that it was ordered to pay to Apple back in August 2012. Samsung's appeal of the award was filed Dec. 4 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., according to a story by Reuters. The appeal asks the court to throw out an August 2012 decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, which had ordered Samsung to pay Apple $930 million for infringing on Apple patents. That sum had been lowered from an original $1.05 billion award. The lawsuit involved infringements of features used in the company's Galaxy smartphones. An attorney for Samsung, Kathleen Sullivan, "argued that the lower court erred in deciding that the design and trade dress patents were infringed because the Samsung phones did not carry an Apple logo, did not have a 'home' button like an iPhone and had speaker slots in different places than the Apple phones," Reuters reported. Such a huge award means Samsung essentially has to pay Apple "Samsung's total profits on those [Samsung] phones, which was absurd," Sullivan told the court, according to Reuters. That penalty, she said, is akin to awarding entire profits on a car because of an infringing cup holder, the story reported.
Apple's attorney, William Lee, countered that the infringements by Samsung amounted to much more than an errant cup holder, the story reported. "What Samsung is actually asking you to do ... is to substitute yourself for Judge Koh and the jury," he told the court, according to the report.