updated 03:21 pm EST, Thu November 21, 2013
Pro-Apple verdict decried by Samsung attorneys
[Updated with Apple statement] The Apple versus Samsung damages retrial is complete. The jury awarded Apple $300 million dollars, 76 percent of the $380 million Apple asked for, and nearly six times what Samsung thought it should have to pay. The retrial marks the end of the first Apple and Samsung patent trial, barring appeals. Samsung is now on the hook for a total of around $900 million in damages, with another trial covering different devices and patents to begin in 2014.
The jury came to a verdict around 11:40 AM local time, with the verdict read to the assembled crowd of mostly journalists at 12:32 PM Pacific Standard Time. The trial has concluded despite Samsung's objections to the proceedings and demands for a mistrial on alleged anti-asian racism by Apple attorney Bill Lee, the first Asian-American to lead a major law firm in the United States.
Samsung also attempted to have the proceedings nullified by mistrial pointing or a statement by the US Patent Trade Office (USPTO) demanding Apple defend its patent against invalidity. Both motions were dismissed by presiding Judge Lucy Koh.
"For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money," Apple said in a statement following the verdict. "It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. While it's impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost."