NEW YORK: Apple Inc claims it is entitled to USD 2.525 billion of damages in its high-stakes battle against Samsung Electronics Co over patents for technology used in smartphones and tablets, such as the iPhone and iPad.
The estimate was revealed in a court filing before the world’s largest consumer electronics companies are scheduled on July 30 to begin a jury trial before US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California.
Apple accused Samsung of infringing its patents by making its popular Galaxy phone and computer tablets work and look like Apple products, enabling the South Korean company to overtake it as the world’s largest maker of smartphones. Samsung has countered that it
simply developed its own unique products in a bid to best the competition, and that Apple actually owes money for using its patented technology.
In its court filing, Apple said Samsung owes substantial monetary damages because it illegally chose to compete by copying Apple. It said Samsung has been unjustly enriched by an undisclosed amount — presumably USD two billion — and deprived Apple of USD 500 million of profit and USD 25 million of reasonable royalty damages. This results in a combined total of USD 2.525 billion of damages, Apple said.
Apple called its estimates conservative, and still plans to pursue a permanent injunction to stop future violations. Samsung countered with a filing accusing the Cupertino, California-based company of trying to stifle legitimate competition and limit consumer choice to maintain its historically exorbitant profits. It said Apple should pay for using patented Samsung technology, without which Apple could not have become a successful participant in the mobile telecommunications industry.
Last week, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and top Samsung executives participated in court-supervised mediation to try to resolve the case but a resolution appeared to be unlikely, people familiar with the matter said.