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Samsung To Finally Pay Apple US$548mil In Patent Dispute

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NEW YORK: Samsung fought until the bitter end to avoid paying Apple, but the company now says it will finally hand over the more than US$548mil (RM2.30bil) it owes for infringing the patents and designs of its biggest smartphone rival.

In papers filed in federal court in San Jose, California on Dec 3, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it will make the payment by Dec 14 if Apple Inc sends an invoice on Dec 4.

Asked if it had done so, Apple declined to comment on Dec 4.

The payment comes after a US appeals court last May reduced a US$930mil (RM3.90bil) judgment against Samsung by US$382mil (RM1.60bil), stemming from a 2012 verdict for infringing Apple patents and copying the look of the iPhone.

Another trial over remaining damages relating to some of Samsung’s infringing products in the case is set to go ahead next spring.

Even though the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC had authorised damages to Apple in May, Samsung again appealed the final figure to the same court, and was rebuffed twice more.

Now agreeing to pay, Samsung told the San Jose court that it expects to be reimbursed if it eventually succeeds in a forthcoming appeal to the US Supreme Court over its liability for copying the patented designs of the surface, bezel and user interface of the iPhone, which accounted for US$399mil (RM1.67bil) of the total award.

South Korea-based Samsung also said it reserved the right to be reimbursed in the future if a decision by the US Patent and Trademark Office invalidating one of the Apple patents in the case, related to touchscreen gestures, is upheld.

Apple intends to appeal that ruling and said in court documents it “disputes Samsung’s asserted rights to reimbursement.”

“We are disappointed that the court has agreed to proceed with Apple’s grossly exaggerated damages claims regardless of whether the patents are valid,” a Samsung spokeswoman said in a statement. — Reuters

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