The final tally: Samsung must pay Apple $929.8 million, but there will be no device injunction

Daniel Bader

March 6, 2014 1:50pm

Remember when Apple triumphed over Samsung in a patent infringement case where the judge awarded the California-based company over $1 billion in damages? It’s OK if you don’t — the decision was made all the way back in August 2012.

Since then, Apple has been awarded a second, smaller amount, and the two companies agreed to settle their future differences outside of court (which didn’t materialize, evidently). Now, the final verdict has been released in the case, and the outcome is similar to last time: Samsung is to pay Apple a large amount, $929.8 million, slightly less than the original but still significant.

The other benefit, if you can call it that, to Samsung is the fact that Judge Koh struck down the potential for device injunctions from the trial, meaning no Samsung products will be banned from entering the country. While the two companies are still going to trial for yet another generation of products, the judge’s decision likely means that others will be reticent to issue injunctions going forward.

SourceWSJ

  • JB

    It is truly ludicrous that Apple won this court case. It speaks to the protectionism in the USA right now……It hasn’t been this bad since Regan in that regard. Sad sad times.

    An for the record Im not a fan of Samsung Phones.

    • ITCanWork

      Totally. And Samsung won injunctions against iPhone imports and Obama blocked it at the White House, how fair is that??

    • Pellaeon

      1G is almost nothing for these guys. Samsung made over 10G over the patent infringement. It’s mostly symbolic. An injunction would have made a precedent solid enough to prevent that kind of shenanigans in the future.

    • Rio

      Yes! After reviewing all the documents and actually understanding the reason behind the patent you can come to the conclusion that it is completely ludicrous! :)

    • Canadianman23

      To be fair if this case was in South Korea what do you think the outcome would have been? What if a South Korea judge tried to put a ban on Samsung products because of Apple? Heck Canada would do the exact same thing, if Samsung got a Canadian court to agree to blocking the sale of Blackberry phones in Canada you can bet the government would quash it.

    • Trelarah

      Well said.

  • KiwiBri

    maybe Apple can use that money to add a real FM radio to the iPhone, Allow software profiles and third party keyboard to the iOS..
    oh, and a new design plus larger screens.

    In any case, lets get out of court and make some phones happen people!

    • crocop24

      Do you live on these forums?

    • KiwiBri

      yep pretty much. I prefer the Canadian content. Maybe you notice me more since I added the Avatar.?? lol. Maybe I can change it..

    • Ulysses Grant

      No, Apple will use the money to keep its board and investors happy. At the end of the day, its not about us..its about them.

  • Lumbar Jack

    It’s not necessarily the final trial. It can still go higher. They can appeal to the Ninth Circuit.

  • ronnnyraygun1

    If you can’t beat ‘em, sue them! Lame.

  • K Diddle

    Did Samsung phones REALLY sell that well? To the point that somehow Apple lost $1B?
    How can attribute $1 Billion dollars to icons, a shape and an elastic bounce in the UI?? I find that a little hard to believe…

    • FlamesFan89

      what is hard to believe is that this wasn’t ruled a mistrial the instant the jury foreman made the comments that they awarded damages in amounts that would send a message and teach a lesson, when the judges instructions SPECIFICALLY said that damages were NOT to be punitive, but were to replace losses only.

      Not to mention that the USPTO awarded patents in the first place for icons, a shape, and an elastic bounce.

      Essentially, the US justice department, the USPTO, and anyone else responsible for this should reflect on this, and think, “my god, what have I done with my life? what a waste”

  • Frank Marcelli

    The source link is invalid/not resolving. Until then (and even then, if the source is legit), I am hard-pressed to believe this. Of course, I should check another site for comparison, anyways.

  • Ivan Pejcov

    This is the only way apple can compete with Samsung what a joke!

  • Darryl Mayo

    Makes me want to trade my Galaxy S3 [ which replaced my iphone 3} for an S5

  • mwahahahaha

    YES!!

  • Plazmic Flame

    Samsung gonna deliver it all with dump trucks, all in nickels!!

    • canuck07

      they still got pennies down south

    • Plazmic Flame

      That would be cruel, lol. That’s over 90 billion pennies if my math is right. Don’t think there are enough in circulation to do that, ha!

    • Nitin Gaba

      Most likely Samsung will appeal, plus Apple is allowed to say in which type of currency they would like the payment. Most likely Apple would like a cheque, draft or bank transfer.

    • beyond

      can they do it in BitCoins?

    • Nitin Gaba

      BitCoins aren’t legal US tender or form of payment so I don’t think so?

    • Desi Jatt

      Your math is indeed very very wrong

    • gezaim

      There are 100 pennies in a dollar. Try your calculation again. Plasmic was right 92,980,000,000 to be exact. Believe it or not the US has an estimated 200,000,000,000 in circulation. All samsung would need to do is search every top dresser drawer, car ash tray, wishing well, and smash every child’s piggy bank to find half of them.

  • fashu

    SHAMESUNG that’s what they get for copying designs

    • Jake

      What’s your VA, like 20/200?

  • d a

    Yawn, who care’s. They’re both corporate gluttons.

  • downhilldude

    Apple: a law firm that also dabbles in electronics…

  • expat

    This is not helping the USA in the long run.