As the lawsuit between Apple and Samsung reaches another phase of the trial, the jury in charge of determining if Samsung was responsible for any wrongdoing also had to decide what kinds of damages to award Apple after they decided that Samsung had infringed upon their patents. Judge Lucy Koh, the presiding judge over the entire case has been doing her best to remain as objective as possible and to make the legal proceedings as fair as possible for both sides. As such, there have been many complications in this case that have dragged it on for quite some time until today’s sentencing of Samsung.
Keep in mind, these are two multi-national multi-billion dollar companies suing each other. In reality the only people that win are the lawyers and that’s because Samsung and Apple couldn’t agree out of court. So, it came to today’s verdict that Samsung must pay Apple $290 million in damages for their infringement of Apple’s patents. This amount is much lower than the $380 million that Apple wanted Samsung to pay, and significantly higher than the $52 million that Samsung thought that they owed.
With this verdict, Samsung will have accrued over $900 million in judgements against it in regards to Apple patent suits. Considering how many billions of dollars Samsung makes every quarter, they probably won’t miss the $900 million, especially considering how much business they have probably gained from utilizing Apple’s patents. Obviously, Samsung will appeal this ruling and sentencing and as a result will try to drag out paying Apple as long as they possibly can until they run out of appeals.
Keep in mind that this trial is actual a retrial (finishing of the trial) of the Apple v Samsung case due to a multitude of factors, primarily awarding too much money to Apple and not understanding what they were voting on. This retrial is to determine how much Apple should be rewarded for Samsung’s infringement of five patents that they were found guilt of infringing upon. There will be a second case in 2014 to address whether or not some of Samsung’s latest devices infringe upon other Apple patents. And considering the circu that this court has been in the past, it will be interesting to see if anything else entertaining comes out of this court in the new lawsuit.