Samsung to Pay $548 Million to Apple in Settlement of Five-Year Patent Dispute

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How Apple and Samsung Got to $548 Million.

SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung has agreed to pay smartphone rival Apple just over US$548 million (RM2.3 billion) in a years-long patent battle in federal court in California.The payment comes after a U.S. appeals court last May reduced a $930 million judgment against Samsung by $382 million, stemming from a 2012 verdict for infringing Apple patents and copying the look of the iPhone.

FILE – In this Aug. 6, 2014 file photo, a poster advertises Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S5 LTE-A, right, and Apple’s iPhone 5s at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File) The South Korean electronics colossus said in a legal filing Thursday it will pay Apple the partial judgement awarded but that reserves the right to get money back if the amount is modified or overturned on appeal or if the validity of patents at issue is successfully challenged. In a joint statement filed to the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, the two companies said Samsung had agreed to make the payment in accordance with a partial judegment in Apple’s favor handed down in September. Samsung fought until the bitter end to avoid paying Apple, but the company now says it will finally hand over the more than $548 million it owes for infringing the patents and designs of its biggest smartphone rival. The consumer electronics giant has decided to pay the Cupertino-headquartered company by $548 million in settlement — or slightly more than half the original $1 billion amount the court required it to pay – on or before December 14, 2015 to resolve the five-year-old case.

Foss Patents stated that the two bitter competitors have filed a joint management statement case soon after the Court of Appeals deprived of Samsung’s demand for a hearing on whether Apple can request payment for null and void patents. It’s been almost five years since Apple first accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying the iPhone, setting off a global patent battle that has shrunk in size but not in vitriol.

Apple reiterated in a statement that the ruling “reinforces what courts around the world have already found: that Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products.” As of late, the USPTO has also nullified Apple’s D’677 design patent for edge-to-edge glass screens, which is an additional entry in the very long list of IPs Apple yielded to the court when it sued its rival.

In another sign that the long-running legal fight would drag on, Apple also asked the court for a green light to file a motion asking for supplemental damages for products that weren’t calculated into the award. The two tech behemoths have dropped all non-US cases, leaving two main disputes that still have a way to go in court. “I don’t think it’s over, but hopefully we’re getting close,” said Robert Stoll, a patent lawyer with Drinker Biddle in Washington who isn’t involved in the case. “They’ve got to learn to coexist in some shape or form.

Arch-rivals Samsung and Apple decided last year to drop all patent disputes outside the United States, marking a partial ceasefire in a long-running legal war between the world’s two largest smartphone makers. This has been a very painful thing for the entire industry.” The $548 million is part of a case that dealt primarily with Apple’s designs for the iPhone, as well as its “pinch-to- zoom” technology. The lawsuit, one of more than 50 Apple and Samsung filed against each other in at least 20 countries, was among the world’s most closely watched patent trials, with many twists and turns. The companies have battled in close to a dozen countries, with each accusing the other of infringing on various patents related to their flagship smartphone and tablet products.

Supreme Court over its liability for copying the patented designs of the surface, bezel and user interface of the iPhone, which accounted for $399 million of the total award. However, the agreement came with one key caveat, with the two giants stressing that they would continue “to pursue the existing cases in US courts.” The cost of litigation is large in amount of dollars, but not large compared with the amount of revenue they’re bringing in from the smartphones.” “These two companies have a lot of money, there’s a lot of bad blood and there’s this historic grudge match,” he said. “There’s still plenty of room for more lawyers to make more money ahead.” Apple isn’t conceding that Samsung would be entitled to any reimbursement, even if the pinch-to-zoom patent is invalidated.

It’s also asking the trial judge in California to impose even greater damages for continued infringement of the company’s patents; Apple also wants $1.8 million in compensation for some of its costs. The appeals court that specializes in patent law in September said Apple can get a narrowly worded order that would block Samsung from using the inventions. Samsung is asking the court to reconsider that decision, and has the backing of Google Inc., Facebook Inc., HTC Corp. and EBay Inc., which say the ruling has created uncertainty and enables patent owners to extract unfairly large settlements. Just to round this out a bit, a survey conducted by Wristly reports that 51 percent of Apple Watch users find Apple Pay on the Watch “magical” and it’s availability that’s the big problem. 96 percent wish they could use it more places. (Note that the results of these surveys are not necessarily contradictory other than in tone.) Trustev surveyed 1,000 consumers who owned Apple Pay-compatible iPhones about their Apple Pay habits. … It found that about 80% had not used Apple Pay even once.

Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay are, in many ways, better than paying with a traditional credit card or using cash, but they’re not significantly better. The Macalope has heard several people talk about how they forgot their wallets at home but were still able to purchase things because they obviously didn’t leave the house without their phone. Now, the Macalope hears you, dear reader. “Macalope,” you say, slowly putting down your copy of The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. “Is this not the same Sam Mattera who declared the Asus PadFone to be an iPhone and Samsung Galaxy-killer?” Yes!

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