Do you remember the time that Apple won the patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung? Well, the suit is now back in the courtroom, as Samsung wants the settlement numbers to be determined again, in court.
To the uninitiated, Samsung was sued by Apple due to the similarities in software design on the Samsung Galaxy S with the iPhone. The case was settled in 2012, when the court ordered Samsung to pay Apple US$1 billion in damages. The lawyers has pared down the payment to just US$400 million, but a new ruling has made the point moot.
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled that the payment figure needs to be reassessed, and has asked the two companies to propose a date for a new damages trial. The two companies have until October 25 to propose a new date for the new trial to determine how much Samsung has to pay Apple in damages.
The crux of the matter is whether Samsung has to pay based on the total profit of the smartphone division, or a percentage of the revenue of said business arm. The two companies may just settle this out of court, as another lawsuit is looming in the distance. Samsung and Apple are teaming up to go against Qualcomm in another suit, where the chip maker wants an import ban on iPhones into the US.
(Source: The Verge)