Samsung gets light wrist slap; ordered to pay Apple $120m
Patent infringement award thought to barely cover iPhone maker's legal costs
Samsung has been ordered to pay $119.6m to Apple for smartphone patent violations, according to online reports.
This amount is less than Apple had hoped to gain and is described by the Guardian as a ‘big loss' for the iphone maker.
"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," said Brian Love, assistant professor at the Santa Clara University law school.
"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," Love said.
This latest round of the battle, which has been going on for three years found that Samsung had infringed two Apple patents.
It has been reported that Judge Koh is yet to decide whether a sales ban is warranted, though legal experts deem that unlikely.
"An injunction is extremely unlikely," argued Michael Carrier, a professor at Rutgers Law School. "The Federal Circuit sets a high bar."
Responding to the verdict, 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.