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Apple Seeking Retrial in $2.2 Billion Lawsuit Against Samsung

Apple is seeking a retrial in a patent dispute after a US court awarded it just USD119 million in damages instead of the USD2.2 billion that it had been seeking.

Although the court agreed that Samsung had infringed two patents held by Apple, the damages awarded were vastly lower than Apple had been seeking. It also failed to secure an order blocking Samsung from using the patents.

Part of the reasoning for the low award given is that some of the patents being cited had not been deployed in the Apple iPhone, which somewhat reduced Apple’s core allegation that Samsung deliberately set out to copy its smartphones.

During the trial, Samsung also argued that Apple had infringed its patents, which the jury agreed with, but awarded only token damages to the South Korean firm.

Apple recently settled a long running Android patent lawsuit with Google, but deliberately left Samsung out of the agreement, leaving the two companies to continue their acrimonious fight.

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