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Apple Wins Another $119.6 Million from Samsung, But It’s Only 6% of What They Requested – eDiscovery Case Law

Those of you who have been waiting for significant news to report from the Apple v. Samsung litigation, your wait is over!

As reported last week in The Recorder (Jury Awards Apple $119.6 Million in Mixed Verdict), a California Federal jury ordered Samsung on Friday to pay Apple $119.6 million for infringing three of Apple’s iPhone patents.  However, the award was a fraction of the nearly $2.2 billion Apple was requesting.

According to the federal jury of four women and four men, nine Samsung mobile devices infringed on Apple’s “quick links” patent and three devices were found to have infringed on Apple’s “slide-to-unlock” patent.  The jury also calculated Samsung’s damages on Apple’s autocorrect patent, but ruled that Samsung products did not infringe on two other Apple patents.

The jury also awarded $158,400 to Samsung for its counterclaims of patent infringement against Apple.

In August of 2012, Apple was awarded over a billion dollar verdict, but U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh later reduced those damages to a measly $599 million and ordered a retrial on 13 of Samsung’s products, saying the earlier jury’s math on those gadgets didn’t add up.  Then, last November, a jury ruled that Samsung owed Apple another $290.5 million for selling mobile devices that infringed five iPhone and iPad patents, bringing the total awarded for infringing on Apple products back up to almost $930 million.  Now, the total awarded is back over a billion.

From the never ending case that brought us an adverse inference sanction and “patentgate”, resulting in another sanction for Samsung’s outside counsel (Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP) for their inadvertent disclosure of Apple license information, what can happen next?  Stay tuned.

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