The Apple vs Samsung debacle is, to me, probably one of the biggest legal happenings of this year. Apple sued Samsung over patent infringements and won a compensation of around $1 billion in damages. While Samsung will be appealing that verdict, it has come to my attention that Apple is seeking an additional $707 million from Samsung in damages. Just when we though some of the dust had settled, it looks like this is just the calm before the storm.
This legal battle has ensued in a number of countries. Samsung scored a victory on its home ground when a Korean court ruled that the company did not infringe on any Apple patents whatsoever. Same was the case in Germany, where both Samsung and Motorola scored victories. Meanwhile Apple has also been able to get sales of Galaxy Tab blocked in a couple of countries. Moreover since Samsung plans to appeal the verdict anyway, more legal drama is sure to come our way in the near future.
Surely there is more legal drama on the way. As we know Apple recently announced iPhone 5. This new smartphones comes with a lot of new features, 4G LTE connectivity is one of those features. It has been hinted that Samsung may sue Apple over iPhone 5, and even move to have its sales blocked, because its LTE related patents will be infringed upon by Apple’s latest smartphone. While Samsung is yet to take any legal action on this precise issue, its safe to say that when the going gets tough, Samsung will definitely strike where it will hurt Apple the most.
On Friday Apple made a filing in court seeking an additional $707,061,678 or $707 million in damages from Samsung. This total figure has been achieved after Apple filed for specific enhancements of $135 million under Patent Act, $400 million under Lanham Act, $121 million in supplemental damages as well as $50 million in prejudgment interest. A jury had awarded Apple $1.06 billion in damages but the company says that some specific parts of the award are liable to be enhanced.
Most people term it is a bold move by Apple in terms of protecting its intellectual property while others think Apple is merely being too greedy. The company initially wanted around $2 billion in damages from its Korean counterpart, and if these enhancements are awarded then this number will be pretty darn close to the target Apple had in its sights from the get go of this legal dilemma.