November 22, 2013 12:04 pm
Apple is attempting to extract all the water it can from the Samsung stone, and a jury in a retrial of last year’s patent infringement case appears to agree.
Samsung must pay Apple another $290 million, on top of the $639 million that was ultimately awarded during last year’s trial. Though the initial verdict was settled at over $1 billion, the federal judge, Lucy Koh, who also presided over the retrial, determined that $400 million was improperly calculated. Samsung’s lawyers also accused members of the initial jury of lacking impartiality, as one of the jurors owned Apple stock and others read about the trial when they were supposed to be blacked out from all media.
Now that Samsung owes Apple nearly $930 million, lower than the initial verdict but still a staggering amount, you’d think Cupertino would let things be and move on. Instead, Apple is taking Samsung to trial again next year for yet another patent infringement trial, this time labeled against a more recent crop of Galaxy devices.
With no end in sight to the conflict between these two competing giants, Apple seems to be confident that Samsung continues to copy its designs and infringe on its many patents. Whether we’ll see an end to this via arbitrator remains to be seen, but Apple appears to want to make an example of the Korean company in the meantime.