Apple wants $3B in damages from Samsung, says report

The iPhone maker is looking to triple the $1 billion in damages awarded to it in the recent patent-infringement case against Samsung, says the Korea Times.

Apple will reportedly request $3 billion in damages from Samsung for patent infringement, triple the amount initially awarded by a court.

Attorneys for Apple plan to ask U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to order Samsung to pay $3 billion after losing the recent patent suit between the two companies, reports the Korea Times. A hearing is set for Friday in which Apple will argue its case.

In seeking triple the amount in damages, Apple would likely rely on a jury decision that found Samsung guilty of "willfull infringement" on five of the six patents in question. This decision meant the jury felt that Samsung knowingly violated Apple's patents.

"By using that condition, Apple has decided to request the judge to order Samsung to pay more than $3 billion in the hearing on the San Jose verdict on Sept. 21 in California," a legal source told the Korea Times.

Judge Koh does have the power to triple the damages based on a ruling that finds Samsung willfully infringed on Apple's patents.

The August 24 jury verdict found in favor of Apple in virtually all the decisions, awarding Apple damages of $1.05 billion. Samsung continues to face other challenges.

On Monday, Koh denied Samsung's request to overturn a three-month-old U.S. ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. But the judge cited a lack of jurisdiction in her ruling, so a permanent decision is still up in the air.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 was hit with a preliminary sales ban in June. A stipulation was added that the ban could be reversed if the jury found that Samsung did not infringe on Apple's D'889 tablet design patent. And that's exactly what the jury found last month. As a result, Samsung has argued that the ban should be removed.

CNET contacted both Apple and Samsung for comment and will update the story when we receive further information.

 

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