A US court has ordered Samsung to pay Apple $290 million in damages, after the Korean company was found guilty of copying aspects of the iPhone’s design and using them on its own products.
The verdict comes at the end of a week-long trial which has seen the bad blood between the two tech giants resurface.
Apple has been looking to ram home the advantage it won last year when, in a separate judgement, Samsung was told to hand over $1 billion in damages due to a series of patent infringements.
That figure was reduced by $400 million by the case’s judge, Lucy Koh. However, with the new damages, Samsung now owes Tim Cook and co a colossal $929.83 million.
What’s more, a new trial is scheduled to start next year, covering different devices, meaning Samsung’s bank balance could be about to take another battering.
In a statement to All Things D, Apple said: “For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love.
“While it’s impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost.”
Samsung shot back: “We are disappointed by today’s decision, which is based in large part on a patent that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recently deemed invalid.
“While we move forward with our post-trial motions and appeals, we will continue to innovate with groundbreaking technologies and great products that are loved by our many customers all around the world.”
All Things D