Apple wants Samsung to cough up $1bn in patent damages from 2012

Apple and Samsung return to court

Apple and Samsung are battling it out again

Previously Samsung was found guilty of infringing three design patents. especially the front and rear look of the original iPhone's body. The devices over which it was sued are no longer on sale and yet the case has dragged on since then but lawsuits and countersuits being filed by both companies. In any case, a crisp hearing wound up fundamental after a Supreme Court controlling on how the punishments were figured.

Apple and Samsung are now fighting it out again.

Apple attorney Bill Lee stressed to jurors the importance of design to Apple, which "puts design before everything else".

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But in 2012, Samsung lost the case and was ordered to pay more than $1 billion to Apple for infringing on three of the United States tech behemoth's design patents related to mobile devices: the quick links to phone numbers, the slide-to-unlock feature and the auto-correct function.

In opening statements in a California federal damages trial, an eight-member jury was told by Apple lawyers that Samsung owes it more than $1 billion. Samsung, meantime, has requested the jury to restrict damages to $28 million. Apple is arguing that not only should Samsung pay the entire $399 million (which applies specifically to the two patents mentioned above) but the original $1 billion because "article of manufacture" consists of the whole phone. Come December 2015, it was decided that Samsung would finally pay Apple $548 million.

'We were really risking everything that was making Apple successful at the time, ' Joswiak said. However, Apple may still be able to convince the jury that the devices would not have been marketable without the infringing designs and therefore the phones as a whole should be considered the relevant article. Apple originally sought $2.75 billion in damages. However, after a 2013 retrial and other appeals, the financial damages were reduced, Bloomberg reported.

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The U.S. Supreme Court, which took up the Apple-Samsung patent fight in 2016 after a series of appeals, ruled on a narrow aspect of the case by finding juries and judges can look at discrete articles of manufacture, or components of a product, when assessing damages. It "does not exist apart from, and can not be separated from, the infringing Samsung phones."Koh will let Kare and other Apple experts cite evidence from the first trial of Samsung's deliberate copying of the iPhone design".

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