May 9, 2014

Verdict in latest Samsung/Apple Courtroom Battle

A U.S. Federal Court jury has resolved the latest legal dispute between Apple and Samsung, ruling that both companies wrongfully infringed some of the other’s patents while absolving each of liability in other patent infringement claims. Very notably, the jury awarded Apple $119.6 million in damages, much less than the $930 million awarded the two tech-giant’s earlier 2012 case, and nowhere near the $2.2 billion Apple had been seeking in this trial.  All of this, of course, is pending appeal.

Commenced when Apple filed suit against Samsung in February of 2012, this suit saw Apple once again accusing Samsung of patent infringement, claims Samsung "systematically copied Apple's innovative technology and products, features, and designs, and . . . deluged markets with infringing devices." Samsung counterclaimed that Apple engaged in patent infringement of its own.

A great article on the matter can be found at Vanity Fair: Apple's Victory over Samsung is not as Big as it Appears
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Sean Hayes may be contacted at: SeanHayes@ipglegal.com. Sean Hayes is co-chair of the Korea Practice Team at IPG Legal. He is the first non-Korean attorney to have worked for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of Korea) and one of the first non-Koreans to be a regular member of a Korean law faculty. He has, recently, been ranked as one of only two non-Korean attorneys as a Top Attorney working in Korea by AsiaLaw.