Apple Wins $539 Million In Damages in "Big Win" Over Samsung
Spanning across seven years of debate, Apple has taken another victory over Samsung with a $539 million settlement over the infringement of specific global patents. Although Samsung has argued that even if they did infringe on any of these patents, the retribution was entirely too steep.
This is not the first time Samsung has been ordered to pay up either, giving Apple $1 billion in 2012, even though they argued it was closer to $28 million in damages. Samsung then agreed to pay some damages, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016, and the revisited amount was set at $399 million. Samsung was then ordered to pay an additional $140 million for the utility patent infringement, for a grand total of $539 million.
“Today’s decision flies in the face of a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in favor of Samsung on the scope of design patent damages,” Samsung said in a statement after the verdict. “We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers.”