Once again Apple won the war against Samsung. According to the federal court in San Jose, California, Samsung has to pay $548 million in order to recompense Apple’s damage.
In 2011, the American multinational company (Apple) has filed the case against Samsung and claimed that the South Korean company Samsung has copied the look and feel of the iPhone without permission. In 2012, After at least one year of case fight the jury ruled in favor of Apple and decreed the Samsung to pay $1.05 billion to Apple in damages.
Once again on the same issue Apple has filed complain against Samsung in the federal court in San Jose, California on 3 December, Tuesday. And at the end of the battle Samsung agreed to pay $548 million to Apple.
Samsung said in an emailed statement that “We are disappointed that the court has agreed to proceed with Apple’s grossly exaggerated damages claims regardless of whether the patents are valid, While we’ve agreed to pay Apple, we remain confident that our products do not infringe on Apple’s design patents, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures within the legal system to protect our products and our intellectual property.”
Apple said in a statement that the ruling “reinforces what courts around the world have already found: that Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products.” The company also thanked in its statement to the court for “sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.”
Apple has asked for total damage of $2.5 billion in which just over $1 billion was awarded, but various appeals from both parties have bounced this figure back. And finally Samsung has whittled this figure down to $930 million and then $548 million, in the May of this year.
Apple has send the invoice with the payment amount of $548 million and Samsung has to pay this amount in between 10 days after it receives the invoice. So according to that Samsung has to pay this much big amount before 14 December, 2015.
Samsung has said that it reserves right of reimbursement, if it gets further improvements in the case. But Apple has denied to refund the money. US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is currently working on the reviewing Apple’s patents. One of the patent feature “pinch to zoom” to smartphones, has already been ruled invalid by the USPTO.
The South Korean company has signed the court papers with its suggestion of appearing in the Supreme Court. Many giant companies such as Google, Facebook, eBay has not publicly commented anything on the fight of Supreme Court that means this companies might be in support of Samsung. If Samsung will file its case in the supreme court then it possibly would get its money back.
Samsung spokeswoman Danielle Meister Cohen said that “While we’ve agreed to pay Apple, we remain confident that our products do not infringe on Apple’s design patents, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures within the legal system to protect our products and our intellectual property.”
Key component of in the favor of Samsung is ‘915 patent’, which shows how the pinch-to-zoom feature works on touch screen devices. Apple has argued that the patent is valid, and indeed, part of its damages come from the intellectual property, but it failed to prove that to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
“Samsung notes that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has issued a final decision of invalidity on the ’915 Patent, and Apple filed a notice of appeal to the Federal Circuit in the USPTO last week,” Samsung wrote in its statement.
And if you are thinking that this is an end of this patent war with making case payment and you would not see any kind of such issues, then i would like to say that this is your mistake.