A second jury that was convened to figure out the monetary compensation that Samsung would have to pay Apple in the long standing patent infringement case between the two companies. This jury has ruled that Samsung will have to pay Apple an additional $290 million in damages. This is independent of the $600 million approx. that the company was ordered to pay Apple by the previous jury.
After the first ruling, Samsung had contended that it only needed to pay Apple $52 million more in damages. Apple had instead asked the court damages worth $380 million. These damages were calculated after approximating how much profits Apple had lost because of Samsung infringing on its patents. Samsung has stated that it is ‘disappointed’ with the ruling and has confirmed that it will go ahead with its post-trial motions and appeals. It says that this second decision was largely based on a patent that the US Patent and Trademark office has declared invalid recently and is therefore unfair.
The case has been going on since April 2011 and it seems it will not end very soon simply because of the complicated way in which it is going ahead. When Apple sued Samsung for the infringement, Samsung had counter-sued Apple. Both the cases were merged together in the months ahead and jury had sided with Apple. It awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages. In March, Lucy Koh, the judge who presided over the hearings ordered a new trial to recalculate the damages and erased $450.5 million from the original damages ruling. The contentious devices in the suit were Galaxy Prevail, Gem, Galaxy SII, Epic 4G, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Tab, Nexus S 4G and others. There is still one more patent related trial between the two which will begin in March and this one deals with newer devices from both the companies and include Samsung’s popular S3 and Note2.
All we can say that these generalized patents are hindering innovation by making companies fight lengthy legal battles rather than innovating.
Source | Cnet