Well it looks like the law related issues between Apple and Samsung have no end, since according to a US jury, Samsung must pay its rival Apple €215 million in damages! The verdict was announced after a federal court retrial in San Jose, California that began a couple of months ago.
The award follows a ruling last year that Samsung copied various iPhone features – like using fingers to pinch and zoom on the screen – along with design touches like the phone’s flat, black glass screen.
According to an initial ruling, Apple was awarded €778m. In March US District Judge Lucy Koh upheld about €445m of that verdict but ordered a retrial on the rest, ruling that the previous jury had made some errors in its calculations.
Right after the ruling Apple issued the following statement: “For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. While it’s impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost.”
Samsung issued the following statement a couple of hours later: “We are disappointed by today’s decision, which is based in large part on a patent that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recently deemed invalid. While we move forward with our post-trial motions and appeals, we will continue to innovate with groundbreaking technologies and great products that are loved by our many customers all around the world.”
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