Samsung loses second round of patent battle vs. Apple


2012's patent trial of the decade, which was all about whether some Samsung products were utilizing Apple's technology without licensing it, resulted in a billion dollar win for Apple. At the time everyone knew a second case, involving different patents and products, was getting underway. The trial for that other case is now over, and the jury has reached a verdict. In general terms, the verdict is not a complete win for either party, as Apple owes Samsung $158,400 and Samsung will have to pay Apple $119,625,000. That is a long way from the $6.2 million and $2.2 billion the parties asked for, respectively.

The result: Apple devices infringed one of two asserted Samsung patents, while Samsung phones and tablets infringed three of Apple's five asserted patents.

Apple received a complete victory on patent #5,946,647 - for a technology that enables links clicked in one application to open other applications (like a phone number in an email opening up in the phone app). The jury found that all ten Samsung products at issue infringed. That list includes the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Stratosphere. Apple was also successful with its slide-to-unlock patent (#8,046,721), but it was not a complete win. Only some Samsung products were found to have used it. Apple came up empty with two of its other patents: #6,847,959 (universal search), #7,761,414 (background sync). Patent #8,074,172 (word recommendation/autocomplete technology), was also at issue in the case, but presiding Judge Lucy Koh already found that Samsung devices infringed that patent on summary judgement back in January.

Samsung ended up winning on one for two claims. A very small number of Apple devices infringe patent #6,226,449 (camera and photo organization technology) but Samsung was unsuccessful in proving Apple infringed Samsung's patent #5,579,239 (covers some video transmission tech.)

The case isn't completely over. Expect there to be appeals filed on both sides.

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