Samsung and its legal team have been ordered to pay Apple and Nokia $2 million in damages. The Korean company and its lawyers, Quinn Emanuel (QE), were found to have illegally leaked information about a confidential licensing deal between the two tech giants.
A U.S magistrate said that QE wilfully handed over details of the agreement to Samsung, despite there being a clear order that such information was ‘for attorneys' eyes only’.
It has been claimed that Samsung’s execs used their knowledge of the deal to push for a similar patent licence with Nokia.
The $2 million has not been split evenly. The Finnish company, whose devices and services business is now owned by Microsoft, has been handed $1.145 million, while Apple has bagged $893,825. Samsung and QE must pay within 30 days.
This case marks the latest low for Samsung, which has been found in breach of Apple patents at a series of high profile trials in recent months.
Last year, it was slapped with a $1 billion fine and this May was ordered to pay $119 million in a trial relating to separate patent infringements.
The two companies are believed to be edging closer to a final, negotiated settlement in their long fight for patent supremacy.