Apple Wants Samsung To Pay $2.5 Billion For Patent Infringements

James Johnson - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:40 p.m. ET

Apple wants Samsung to pay $2.5 billion for patent infringement. That is the amount of money Apple has requested as part of the patent trial which begins on July 30.

Apple is claiming that Samsung’s infringement resulted in the direct loss of $500 million in profits and $25 million in “reasonable royalty damages.” The company also says Samsung was “unjustly enriched” by its patent violations and should therefore pay Apple $2.525 billion in total.

The world’s largest tech firm is asking that Samsung pay $30 for every infringing Samsung device include $24 for violating Apple’s design patents. Apple also wants $2.02 for “overscroll bounce” and $3.10 for a scrolling API patent. Apple’s final claim comes from a $2.02 per device payment for “tap to zoom and navigate.”

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Later in the brief Apple suggests that Samsung not pay future royalties but instead come up with its own technology.

Apple throughout its brief continues to use strongly worded statements, for example claiming that Samsung simply “chose to compete by copying Apple.” The tech giant than claims “Samsung’s infringing sales have enabled Samsung to overtake Apple as the largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world.”

Finally Apple states that “Samsung must play by the rules. It must invent its own stuff. Its flagrant and massive infringement must stop.”

Apple is currently offering Samsung a half-cent royalty rate per standards-essential patent, an option that would come with restrictions. Should the company’s reach an agreement Samsung could end up receiving payments from Apple for its own standards-essential patents, an amount expected to be much smaller than Apple’s own patent rights.

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Samsung’s vice chairman Choi Gee-Sung to work out a deal but an agreement could not be reached.

In the meantime in case you haven’t heard, Apple invented the cell phone on January 9, 2007, at least that seems to be the way Apple views the history of an industry pioneered by Motorola.


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