Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $119.6 million
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Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $119.6 million

The legal battles between Samsung and Apple is like one between Batman and Joker; its not going to end anytime soon.

Samsung has been ordered to pay $119.6m (£71m) to Apple by a US court for infringing two of its patents.

The "slide to unlock" feature was one of those under scrutiny.

A jury in California delivered its verdict in a federal court in San Jose on Friday in the latest lawsuit involving the two tech giants.

During the month-long trial, Apple accused Samsung of violating patents on smartphone features.

The court also ruled that Apple infringed Samsung's patents and awarded $158,000 in damages.

Apple had sought $2.2bn after accusing Samsung of infringing five of its patents covering functions such as the "slide to unlock" from its devices.

Samsung denied any wrongdoing and sought $6m after arguing Apple had infringed two of its smartphone patents related to camera use and video transmission.

"Though this verdict is large by normal standards, it is hard to view this outcome as much of a victory for Apple,'' said Brian Love, a Santa Clara University law professor.

"This amount is less than 10% of the amount Apple requested and probably doesn't surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating this case.''

This verdict marks the latest legal battle over intellectual property between the world's top two smartphone makers.

Apple and Samsung have been fighting patent battles for years and across many countries.

Two years ago, a separate jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $930m after finding it had used Apple technology.

That verdict is still being challenged by Samsung.

Apple and Samsung battles will continue for a long time with no foreseeable end anytime soon. 

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Source: BBC

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