Apple has come out with a victory in its recent legal battle with Samsung over patents, but the war is far from over. Last week, a US District Court in San Jose, California, decreed that Samsung owes Apple $539 million. $533,316,606 of the total is for for infringing on three design patents, and the remaining $5,325,050 is for infringing on two utility patents.
On another hand, the Cupertino company was seeking a $1 billion compensation from Samsung. A jury found that Apple was to receive compensation for three design patents in a Supreme Court decision that ultimately decided “damages for design patent infringement can be based only on the part of the device that infringed the patents, not necessarily on the entire product.” The last trial was only about the amount due by Samsung.
Even though the decision in this trial was unanimous, Samsung will probably appeal the ruling and continue litigation, which started in 2011 and is shaping the way design and patents are valued in Silicon Valley and tech industry.