Apple asks another $707 million from Samsung in damages

The patent war between Apple and Samsung has been going on in 10 countries. And the Cupertino tech giant recently won a $1.05 billion from Samsung in damages. It looks like Apple is not fully satisfied with the win, as it has again went to the court to ask for another $70 million in damages from Samsung and requested that all of Samsung Electronics’ products be banned from sales in the US. That is a bit too extreme if you ask me.

Reuters writes:

In a motion filed late Friday U.S. time, Apple sought a further $400 million damage award for design infringement by Samsung; $135 million for willful infringement of its utility patents; $121 million in supplemental damages based on Samsung’s product sales not covered in the jury’s deliberation; and $50 million of prejudgment interest on damages through December 31. The requests together come to $707 million.

Apple wants the injunction to cover “any of the infringing products or any other product with a feature or features not more than colorably different from any of the infringing feature or features in any of the Infringing Products.”

Samsung asked for an all new trial in response. The company said:

The Court’s constraints on trial time, witnesses and exhibits were unprecedented for a patent case of this complexity and magnitude, and prevented Samsung from presenting a full and fair case in response to Apple’s many claims. Samsung therefore respectfully requests that the Court grant a new trial enabling adequate time and even-handed treatment of the parties.

It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies.

It is interesting to see to what level Apple is willing to go to destroy the only proper competition it has in the smart phone market. Does this mean in any way that the Cupertino tech giant is scared of Samsung’s success in the Android smart phone market, which is gaining a lot of market share recently?

Source: Reuters