Samsung to pay Apple $290m for patent infringement

Samsung Electronics is to pay $290 million to Apple for copying features of iPhone and iPad in its devices. This is as per the verdict by a U.S. jury in the long-running patent struggle between the two tech giants. It restores a large chunk of a historic verdict Apple won in 2012.

Apple won a $1.05 billion verdict last year after it convinced a jury that the South Korean company copied technology used in its iPhones – like using fingers to pinch and zoom on smartphone’s screen.

Earlier this year, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that the previous jury had made some errors while determining the amount of damages. The amount was also cut down to nearly $640 million with a retrial order on the rest. Combined with the latest retrial verdict of $290 million, Apple has now won close to $930 million in the case.

Apple said in a statement: “For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love.”

“While it’s impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost,” the company added.

The verdict covers 13 of the 26 Samsung devices that Apple had argued copied its technology.

Far from being over, the case would only drag on as Samsung decides to appeal both verdicts.

Lauren Restuccia, a Samsung spokeswoman, said, “We are disappointed by today’s decision.” She added, “While we move forward with our post-trial motions and appeals, we will continue to innovate with groundbreaking technologies and great products that are loved by our many customers all around the world.”

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