United States District Court in San Jose voted unanimously that Samsung needs to pay close to $540 million in damages to Apple Inc. for infringing its utility and design patents. The ruling stated that Samsung used Apple’s patents in several of its Android phones that it sold in 2010 and 2011.
In the latest trial, Samsung asserted that the just amount for the fine would be $28 million, while Apple sought $1 billion. The Cupertino-based company was already awarded $548 million in 2015 in the same dispute with the South Korean giant, after the court determined that 15.3 million sold Samsung phones had Apple’s patents. The dispute was first brought before court seven years ago.
Apple said in a statement: “This case has always been about more than money. Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple.” On the other side, Samsung’s spokesperson said: “We will continue all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers.”