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To the Victor Goes the Spoils: Jury Awards Apple $290M in Retrial Against Samsung


A U.S. jury awarded Apple Inc approximately $290 million in a damages retrial against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, restoring a large chunk of a historic verdict the iPhone maker won last year.

After a weeklong trial, the jury deliberated for nearly two days before reaching a decision on Thursday in a San Jose, Calif., federal court. Apple had requested $379.8 million, while Samsung argued that it should have to pay $52.7 million.

Apple and Samsung have been fighting in the courts for over two years. Apple was awarded over $1 billion last year after it convinced a jury that Samsung copied various iPhone features – like using fingers to pinch and zoom on the screen – along with design touches like the phone’s flat, black glass screen.

Earlier this year U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh upheld nearly $640 million of that verdict but ordered a retrial on the rest, ruling that the previous jury had made some errors in its calculations. Combined with the retrial verdict of $290.5 million on Thursday, Apple has now been awarded $929.8 million in the case.

Samsung manufactures phones that use the Android operating system, which is developed by Google. In addition to the fight over money, Apple is seeking a permanent injunction against several older Samsung phones. Koh had previously rejected such a sales ban, but earlier this week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ordered her to reconsider.

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