Apple gets $290 million in Samsung patent dispute

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal jury Thursday returned its damages verdict against Samsung Electronics, saying it should pay Apple $290 million in the patent dispute involving technology used in iPhones and iPads.

The decision came after two days of deliberations that began when U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh gave juror instructions following closing arguments from both sides in the San Jose courtroom.

Apple and Samsung are embroiled in worldwide patent litigation disputes spanning multiple courts. Legal experts say Apple's suits against Samsung serve as a proxy war against Google's Android operating system.

Apple was seeking $380 million. Samsung said it should pay $52 million for the use of such features as the iPhone maker's "pinch to zoom" in 13 older products.

"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," said a statement from Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet.

Apple's legal win brings its damages haul against Samsung to $929 million including an order in March that awarded $599 million over 14 products and one in April for $40.5 million.

Last year, a jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion, finding Samsung had infringed its patents in 26 products. However, Judge Koh later ruled the jury had miscalculated damages for 13 products.

In March, a jury trial is set to hear Apple claims that current Samsung models are infringing on patents protecting its iPhone and iPad.

Apple attempts to ban Samsung from selling some of the devices in question landed a legal victory Monday. The U.S. Federal Circuit of Appeals in Washington, D.C., ordered Koh to reconsider Apple's demands that some of the products a jury found infringed Apple's patents be barred for sale in the United States.

Koh in December turned down Apple, ruling that the company didn't prove that consumers bought Samsung devices instead of Apple devices because of the infringement.

"While certainly a rousing victory for Apple, this is not over by any means," says Anthony Michael Sabino, a professor at St John's University.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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