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Apple gets $290M in Samsung patent dispute

4:50 PM, Nov 21, 2013   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal jury on Thursday returned its damages verdict against Samsung, saying the electronics giant should pay Apple $290 million in the patent dispute involving technology used in iPhones and iPads.

The juror decision came after several days of deliberations that began on Tuesday after 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 while Samsung had said it should only pay $52 million for the use of such features as the iPhone maker's "pinch to zoom" in 13 older products.

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 on Monday. The U.S. Federal Ciricuit 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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