Samsung vs Apple Lawsuit: Apple Seeks Additional $707 Million in Damages from Samsung

By Staff Reporter , Updated Sep 24, 2012 11:35 AM EDT
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The court battle between technology giant Apple and its South Korean rival Samsung seems to be never-ending. Apple filed a motion late Friday asking the judge for a U.S. sales ban against Samsung devices, and an additional $707 million in damages for the patent suit that Apple won in San Jose in August.

Apple won the case against Samsung on patent infringement and was awarded more than $1 million in damages. The Cupertino-based company is now requesting additional money, which will make Samsung shell out close to $2 billion. The jury in August found that Samsung had copied several critical features of the iPhone.

The 43-page motion filed by Apple seeks a permanent ban on 26 Samsung smartphones and tablets.

"The harm to Apple was deliberate, not accidental. [Samsung] wilfully diluted its trade dress, taking billions in sales in the fast- growing U.S. smartphone market at a key moment in the transition between feature phones and smartphones," said Apple attorneys in the court papers.

In April 2011, Apple sued Samsung and Samsung hit back by countersuing it. This is just one part of a dispute that the two rivals are embroiled in around the world.

Samsung is seeking for a newer trail.

"Samsung therefore respectfully requests that the Court grant a new trial enabling adequate time and even-handed treatment of the parties," Samsung said in its filing to the U.S. court, a report by Reuters stated. "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." 

Apple's motion sought $400 million for design infringement, $135 million for wilful infringement of Apple's utility patents, $121 million in supplemental damages and $50 million of prejudgement interest on damages, totalling $707 million, Reuters said.

Earlier, on Thursday, Samsung reportedly added the new iPhone 5 to its existing list of patent infringement by Apple.

Samsung shipped 50 million phones in the second quarter of this year while Apple's iPhone stood at 16 million, Reuters reported.

There will be a hearing Dec. 6 by Judge Lucy Koh who will give her verdict on Apple seeking the permanent ban of eight Samsung phones in the U.S.

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