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Following an initial ruling in the Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit, the federal jury has finished its calculations and finalized its $119.6 million damages figure after finding Samsung guilty of infringement.
The judgment comes as a mixed result for Apple, which had originally asked for $2.2 billion in damages. Samsung also had a minor win against Apple on a “camera and folder organization” patent, but it received a paltry $158,000 in damages.
If you’re interested in an overview on the ongoing legal disagreement between the two companies, you should definitely read Vanity Fair’s piece on “The Great Smartphone War.” Drawing on anecdotes that have emerged throughout the trial, the article offers an in-depth look at Apple’s outrage and Samsung’s response.
A Samsung spokesperson provided the following statement to TNW:
We agree with the jury’s decision to reject Apple’s grossly exaggerated damages claim. Although we are disappointed by the finding of infringement, we are vindicated that for the second time in the U.S., Apple has been found to infringe Samsung’s patents. It is our long history of innovation and commitment to consumer choice, that has driven us to become the leader in the mobile industry today.
Apple, for its part, is sticking to its statement from last week:
We are grateful to the jury and the court for their service. Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: That Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products. We are fighting to defend the hard work that goes into beloved products like the iPhone, which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers.
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