Samsung will fight the $120m damages a US court ruled it must pay Apple, the South Korean firm has insisted, accusing its rival of omitting “real world evidence” that would have proved Samsung’s innocence. The San Jose court found in Apple’s favor late last week, with a jury deeming Samsung guilty of patent infringement with its Galaxy series of phones among other products, though awarded the iPhone maker a fraction of the cash it was demanding.
In fact, Apple had hoped for up to $2.2bn in damages, aiming to change what it portrayed as Samsung’s rampant copying with a huge financial penalty.
The jury didn’t play along, however, and even after some recalculations yesterday to take into account an act of infringement not assigned damages, the sums in question turned out to be considerably smaller overall.
Samsung was also awarded $158,000 in damages over a patent Apple was deemed to have infringed upon.
Even with those smaller sums, though, Samsung still wants to trample down its responsibilities to zero. In a statement to Bloomberg, Samsung lawyer John Quinn said the firm would be appealing the ruling.
“Of course we’re pleased that the jury awarded Apple 6 percent of what they were asking for. But even that can’t stand, because Apple kept out all the real world evidence and didn’t produce anything to substitute for it, so you have a verdict that’s unsupported by evidence – and that’s just one of its problems” John Quinn, lawyer, Samsung legal team
Exactly what evidence Quinn has in mind is unclear at this stage. No date has been set for the appeal as yet, and Apple is yet to respond to Samsung’s claims.