Samsung has finally agreed to pay $548 Million in damages to Apple for allegedly infringing on certain mobile patents, and designs of its biggest smartphone rival.
The Beginning of the War
It all began back in 2011. Apple sued Samsung for infringing the company’s patents for things like “multi-touch gestures” and “tap to zoom” capabilities. Both of the companies kept the battle on for almost five years, going back and forth with appeal after appeal.
Apple originally asked for $2.75 billion in damages when the issue first went to court in 2012. Apple won its dispute, The iPhone maker was granted $1 billion in damages initially. After appeals, the amount was cut by $70 million and then split into two parts: $548 million for copying smartphone features such as pinch to zoom, and $382 million for allegedly imitating the phones’ appearance.
The final figure of $548 million was reached back in May after some protracted courtroom haggling between Samsung and Apple. In a statement issued to a California court by both companies on 3rd December, 2015 , it was announced that the South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung would pay the $548m before 14 December if it received an invoice from Apple before the weekend.
The Fight Goes On
However, this isn’t the end of it – in the statement, Samsung said it reserved the right to get its millions of dollars back in future if there are further developments, a right Apple disputes.
“Samsung further reserves all rights to reclaim or obtain reimbursement of any judgment amounts paid by Samsung to any entity in the event the partial judgment is reversed, modified, vacated or set aside on appeal,”
according to the case management statement.
Samsung’s actions prior to the new statement also hinted that the South Korean company intends to take the “Apple versus Samsung” judgment to the Supreme Court, in an appeal case.
“We are disappointed that the court has agreed to proceed with Apple’s grossly exaggerated damages claims regardless of whether the patents are valid,”
a Samsung spokeswoman said in a statement.
Though Samsung is paying for the damages, it looks like the cash isn’t safe yet and the fight far from over. Looking ahead to 2016, the battle between the two tech giants will live on and the final blow may ultimately be dealt by the U.S. Supreme Court.