Apple Wins Partial Victory Over Samsung on Patents

Company is awarded just a fraction of the $2.2B it sought

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 3, 2014 5:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – Technically, Apple convinced a jury that Samsung infringed on some of its patents when building smartphones. But the numbers from the San Jose courtroom yesterday provide a sense of how limited in scope the victory was: Apple sought $2.2 billion but won $120 million, reports recode.net. On top of that, the jury found that Apple infringed on one of Samsung's patents and ordered it to pay its rival $158,400. Apple declared victory nonetheless, saying it proved that "Samsung willfully stole our ideas." But the AP quotes a law professor with a different take.

"Though this verdict is large by normal standards, it is hard to view this outcome as much of a victory for Apple," says Brian Love of Santa Clara University. "This amount is less than 10% of the amount Apple requested and probably doesn't surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating this case." The jury found that some Samsung devices cribbed from Apple on features such as "slide to unlock" and another that makes it easy to dial a phone number included in an email, reports the Wall Street Journal. Apple, on the other hand, stole from Samsung in a feature that organizes photos and videos in folders. (CNET has a more complete breakdown of the specifics of the patents in dispute.) One of Samsung's main arguments during the trial was that Apple's real fight should be with Google and its Android operating system. Apple's award may rise a bit Monday because the jury must return to reconsider a technical matter.

An employee shows Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
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