Samsung Told To Pay Apple $119m In Patent Row
Samsung has been ordered to pay $119.46m (£70m) in damages to Apple after the South Korean company was found guilty of violating two patents on smartphone features.
In the latest lawsuit involving the two tech giants, a jury in a federal court in San Jose, California, ruled that Samsung had copied key features of the iPhone in creating its own line of smartphones, including universal searching and slide to lock.
But the verdict was a far cry from the $2.2bn Apple sought and the $930m it won in a separate 2012 trial making similar patent infringement claims against Samsung products, most of which are no longer for sale in the US.
In a counter-claim, the jury found that Apple had infringed one of Samsung's patents in creating the iPhone 4 and 5.
The jury awarded Samsung $158,400 - a fraction of the $6m sought by Samsung.
Brian Love, assistant professor at Santa Clara University's school of law, said: "Though this verdict is large by normal standards, it is hard to view this outcome as much of a victory for Apple.
"This amount is less than 10% of the amount Apple requested, and probably doesn't surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating this case.
"Apple launched this litigation campaign years ago with aspirations of slowing the meteoric rise of Android phone manufacturers. It has so far failed to do so, and this case won't get it any closer."
Apple said the ruling reinforced its stance that "Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products".
Samsung representatives were not immediately available for comment.
The verdict marks the latest intellectual property battle between the world's top two smartphone makers.
For more than three years, Apple and Samsung have sued each other in courts and trade offices around the world.