Apple Scores Another Win Over Samsung As Jury Orders $290M Payment

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Apple Inc. has managed to pull off another court room win against its nemesis Samsung Electronics Co,. Ltd. this week. On Thursday, a Silicon Valley jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple an additional $290 million in the patent infringement case involving the iPhone and iPad.

The case has been an ongoing dispute between the two companies for quite some time, with Apple claiming that Samsung stole patented design ideas that formulated the iPhone and iPad, and put those ideas to work in more than 20 Samsung products.

Settlement Limited To 13 Samsung Devices

This particular verdict involves only 13 of the 26 devices that the jury has decided do infringe on Apple’s patents. The previous award in the case was a whopping $1.05 billion, but the U.S. District Judge who was overseeing the case, Lucy Koh, threw the settlement amount out. She said that the jury had miscalculated what Samsung owed to Apple and ordered a new trial, after tossing more than $450 million of the awarded damages out of the court.

New Trial To Begin In 2014

This trial dealt specifically with some of Samsung’s older devices from several years back. However, a third trial is set to begin in March of 2014 in which Apple will attack Samsung’s newer devices, which the Cupertino company claims are also in violation of patents held by Apple. The battle has grown and escalated, with finger-pointing and name calling over the last few years. The frustration of the courts has become apparent at times, with Judge Lucy Koh even asking Apple attorney Bill Lee is he was smoking crack when he turned in 75 pages of information in the final hours of the trial last year.

The battle between Samsung and Apple is a heated one to say the least. Both companies are world dominators in the smartphone and tablet markets; and both claim the other company is lying. So, who do you believe? Let us know in the comment section below.

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