Samsung says it owes Apple $52mn

How much does Samsung Electronics owe Apple for copying vital features of the iPhone and iPad? Apple says $380 million. Samsung counters with $52 million. It’s possible a jury presiding over a patent trial in a San Jose courtroom will find somewhere in between. The first day of testimony in the trial got underway Wednesday. At issue are 13 Samsung devices another jury decided infringed Apple patents for technology that allows scrolling and the “bounce-back” function at the end of documents, among other inventions.

That previous jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion after determining 26 Samsung products had infringed six Apple patents. But a judge found the jury miscalculated $400 million in damages for 13 products and ordered a new trial to determine the proper amount. “Apple lost sales because Samsung was selling infringing products,” Apple attorney Harold McIlhenny told the jury during opening statements. He argued that Apple’s lost profits, Samsung’s profits on the offending devices and royalties owed Apple, add up to $380 million.

“In a fair fight, in a fair competition, the money they got would have and should have gone to Apple,” McIlhenny said. Samsung’s attorney Bill Price countered during his own opening statements that consumers preferred Samsung’s devices, which operated with Google’s Android system, because of the many differences – rather than similarities – they have with Apple’s products. Price told the jury that Samsung owes Apple $52 million.

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