Samsung Told To Pay Apple $119m in Patent Row
Samsung has been ordered to pay $119.46m (€86.12m) in damages to Apple after the South Korean company was found guilty of violating two patents on smartphone features.
In the latest lawsuit involving the two tech giants, a jury in a federal court in San Jose, California, ruled that Samsung had copied key features of the iPhone in creating its own line of smartphones, including universal searching and slide to lock. However the verdict was a far cry from the $2.2bn Apple sought and the $930m it won in a separate 2012 trial making similar patent infringement claims against Samsung products, most of which are no longer for sale in the US.
In a counter-claim, the jury found that Apple had infringed one of Samsung's patents in creating the iPhone 4 and 5. The jury awarded Samsung $158,400, a fraction of the $6m sought by Samsung.
Apple said the ruling reinforced its stance that "Samsung wilfully stole our ideas and copied our products."
The verdict marks the latest intellectual property battle between the world's top two smartphone makers which has been going on over the past three years.