Samsung/Apple update: Samsung will pay $548 million in patent damages to Apple

By Nicole Daniel

On December 3, 2015 Samsung and Apple submitted a joint filing in which Samsung agreed to pay $548 million in patent damages to Apple to satisfy a partial judgment.

In August 2012, a jury had awarded $ 1.05 billion in damages to Apple; however this amount changed a number of times during the appeals process over the last three years.

In September 2015 District Judge Lucy Koh entered a partial final judgment of $548 million for Apple after Samsung’s appeal of the damages award was denied by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In that ruling the Federal Circuit vacated the trade dress damages.

The final amount of damages to be paid to Apple is not yet known as a second damages retrial is scheduled to start on March 28, 2016 before District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California. In this retrial a jury will set the patent infringement damages for five smartphone models by Samsung which were found to infringe Apple’s patents and trade dress.

The joint filing acknowledges that Samsung is now at a point where it has to pay as there is no other legal avenue left to go. This brings a close to over three years of appeals in the patent and antitrust proceedings between Samsung and Apple.

In their joint filing Samsung informed Apple that they are ready to make the payment 10 days after the receipt of Apple’s original invoice.