SAN JOSE: Jurors on Friday ordered Samsung to pay just a fraction of the big-money damages sought by Apple in a high-stakes Silicon Valley case over smartphone patents. A jury in federal court in California found that Samsung violated some patents and ruled that the South Korean consumer electronics giant should pay $119.6 million in damages. The jury also found credence in counter-claims by Samsung and said in its verdict that Apple should pay its rival $158,400 in damages. Apple’s legal team had urged jurors to order the South Korean electronics giant to pay more than $2 billion in damages for flagrantly copying iPhone features. Meanwhile, Samsung lawyers maintained that the legal onslaught is the result of a “holy war” Apple declared on Google-made Android software used to power smartphones. In August 2012, a separate jury in the same court decided that Samsung should pay Apple $1.049 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2014.
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