Today in Apple history: Apple demands big damages from Samsung


The never-ending battle between Apple and Samsung takes another turn.
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November 13: Today in Apple history: Apple demands big damages from Samsung for copying iPhone September 13, 2013: Apple and Samsung head back to court to determine how much the Korean company must pay for copying the iPhone.

Cupertino asks Samsung for $379 million in damages for ripping off key iPhone technical and design features. Apple arrives at that number based on lost profits, royalty rates and the $3.5 billion worth of copyright-infringing devices Samsung sold during the period in question.

Let the battle commence!

Apple’s war with Samsung officially kicked off in August 2010, when Apple executives visited Samsung’s HQ in Seoul, South Korea, and gave a presentation with the title, “Samsung’s Use of Apple Patents in Smartphones.”

The launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone, which “borrowed” much of its look and feel from the iPhone, triggered the intervention.

The most obvious patented tech lifted from the iPhone included features like “pinch to zoom” and “rubber-banding,” which made the display bounce slightly when users tried to scroll past the bottom of a page.

Things moved quickly after the August 2010 meeting, and before long the two companies wound up in court. By July 2012, Apple and Samsung faced off in more than 50 lawsuits around the world.

Samsung employed its usual tactics. It filed constant counter-lawsuits, hoping to delay the eventual outcome while buying time to build its own brands.

While Samsung won verdicts in South Korea, Japan and the United Kingdom, Apple won a $1.05 billion ruling in the United States. But the following March, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh slashed $450 million from the $1 billion awarded to Apple after deciding the jury miscalculated the damages.

The November lawsuit was intended to work out the exact size of damages. Apple asked for $379 million, while Samsung said it owed just $52 million.

The Apple vs. Samsung battle is over?

Today, the legal war between Apple and Samsung finally appears to be over. After waging war against each other in the courtroom for over seven years, the two sides finally agreed to a settlement back in January 2018. It’s not totally clear how much Samsung had to pay Apple. However, the settlement meant the end of all remaining claims and counterclaims.

The two continue to compete in the smartphone market. And Samsung occasionally takes shots at Apple in its advertising.

Who do you think is winning the smartphone battle between Samsung and Apple here in 2018? Let us know in the comments below.