Samsung and Apple return to court for patent infringement case


Once again, tech giants Apple and Samsung are back in federal court in California on November 12, 2013. This time, legal representatives of the two companies are in court in order to decide how much the Korean company owes US-based Apple for patent infringement.


In August 2012, a federal jury ruled in favor of Apple in a suit against Samsung, when it was found that the South Korean company had infringed on a couple of patents of Apple and used them for its smartphone and tablet features. Samsung was ordered to pay $1 billion in damages, however, in March 2013, the damage amount was reduced to $639 million by Judge Lucy Koh of the US district court in the Northern District of California.

Judge Koh ruled that the jury miscalculated its estimate and a new amount was set for Samsung. The retrial is scheduled in order to determine how much Samsung has to pay to Apple, in addition to the $639 million. There are chances that Apple might try and recoup the roughly $411 million in damages, which were reduced from the original finding.

Originally, it was found that 28 Samsung phones had infringed on Apple patents. Media reports claimed that analysts expect Apple to ask for more than the original $1 billion. This issue is the latest phase in the infamous patent infringement case between Apple and Samsung.

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