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Apple's patent victory falls far short of damages it sought from Samsung

Apple won $120 million from Samsung Electronics in a jury trial over smartphone technology after seeking $2 billion in damages. The jury also found that Apple infringed one Samsung patent, awarding it $158,000 in damages.
By Bloomberg News Published: May 4, 2014
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— Apple won $120 million from Samsung Electronics in a jury trial over smartphone technology after seeking $2 billion in damages.

The jury also found that Apple infringed one Samsung patent, awarding it $158,000 in damages. The verdict sets the stage for each company to seek a judge’s order banning U.S. sales of competing devices found to infringe its patents.

“It is hard to view this outcome as much of a victory for Apple,” Brian Love, an assistant professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, said in an email. “This amount is less than 10 percent of the amount Apple requested and probably doesn’t surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating this case.”

The eight-person jury, which heard almost four weeks of evidence in the companies’ second U.S. trial, announced its verdict Friday in federal court in San Jose, California, after three full days of deliberations. Jurors found that Samsung infringed two of the four Apple patents they considered in the case, which revolved around whether the maker of Galaxy phones used features in Google’s Android operating system that copied the iPhone maker’s technology.

The world’s top two smartphone makers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees on battles across four continents to dominate a market that was valued at $338.2 billion last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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Samsung had 31 percent of industry revenue, compared with 15 percent for Apple, whose share of the market has shrunk as the touch-screen interface has become more commonplace and Samsung, LG Electronics and Lenovo Group have introduced lower-cost alternatives.

Apple claimed 10 Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S3, infringe five of its patents. The patents cover a range of user-interface designs for the iOS software that powers iPhones and iPads.

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