Apple wins $539m in damages from Samsung in patent case

Apple has been awarded $539m (£400m) in damages from Samsung, in the latest round of a bitter patent battle that began seven years over infringements of the former’s patents in devices that are now long gone. .

The amount is almost half that which Silicon Valley smartphone giant Apple had been seeking from Samsung for its infringement of five patents with phones it sold back in 2010 and 2011, but significantly more than the $28m Samsung was arguing it should have to pay.

The dispute stems from a case that ran between 2011 and 2012, which ruled Samsung had infringed both design and utility patents and initially awarded Apple $1.05bn in damages.

This amount was later reduced to $339m during a retrial, following which Samsung  agreed to pay some of the damages and then appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court later sent the case back to the federal court in San Jose, California.

The jury, deciding on the size of the damages on Thursday, had been asked to consider the value of the components in a smartphone.

During the trial, lawyers from both sides argued over the meaning of “article of manufacture”, with Samsung saying it should only pay damages on the components which breached the patents, but Apple claiming the patents covered the whole design of the iPhone.

The verdict is a sign the lengthy patent battle between the pair is finally coming to an end.

Apple said it was “grateful” to the jury for their service and “pleased they agree Samsung should pay for copying our products”.

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