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Samsung might have to pay even more for infringing Apple patents

November 26th, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Apple vs. Samsung: Royalties

Even though Samsung and Apple have settled their international patent disputes, the lawsuits in the U.S. are far from being a distant memory. Apple has largely won the two major trials in American courts, with Samsung having to pay more than $1 billion in combined damages; though both sides have appealed various verdicts in these trials.

Following the second, less-successful, win against Samsung, Apple has also asked the court to rule in its favor regarding ongoing royalties for Samsung products found to infringe three specific patents that a jury already found to have been infringed by older Samsung devices.

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Online publication FOSS Patents reports that Judge Judy Koh, who oversaw both trials between the two giants, has largely agreed with Apple in a new order, saying the iPhone maker deserves royalties from sales of Samsung devices found to be infringing any of the three patents in question.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Samsung will have to pay any royalties to Apple, as long as its current and future devices employ workarounds. And Samsung is insisting that it has designed around those patents in all devices it launched since 2012.

The public version of the document doesn’t show what kind of royalties (per patent infringed and per device) Apple might be entitled to in the future, but it does list separate rates for 10 Samsung products.

Judge Koh’s full ruling on the matter is available at the source link.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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