Court orders Samsung to pay Apple $539m for copying design features

A court in the U.S has finally asked Samsung to pay Apple $539m in damages to Apple for copying patented designs of iPhone.

This legal battle between the two tech giants started in 2011. The Korean tech giant was initially asked to pay $1 billion in damages to Apple in 2012 but the amount was later reduced after further court hearings took place.

Under the U.S patent law, if a company is found guilty of copying a design patent, they must pay the total profits earned from the product to the damaged company.

In 2012, Samsung lawyers successfully appealed to bring down the compensation from $1 billion to $400 million in 2015.

This time, however, a jury in the Northern California US district court in San Jose looked at another case alleging that Samsung’s Android-powered devices were using the design elements stolen from Apple’s iPhone.

The decision may have pleased Apple but Samsung is certainly disappointed to be paying damages for the second time to their biggest smartphone manufacturing rival.

A statement released by Samsung read;

Today’s decision flies in the face of a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in favor of Samsung on the scope of design patent damages

Samsung will now consider all options to obtain an outcome that according to them does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers.