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Apple Asking for $2.5 Billion In Damages From Samsung

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Apple wants $2.5 billion from Samsung in order to settle patent infringement claims.

According to CNet, the amount Apple is asking for comes from per-unit royalties on the device that infringed on its patents. That patents include design and technology patents, with a majority of them focus on design.

The actual number Apple isn’t listed in the court documents (it’s redacted), but CNet was able to piece it together based on the money Apple wants for each of its royalties. Apple wants $2.02 per unit for the “overscroll bounce” technology that bounces lists when the reach the top or bottom. The company also wants $3.10 for its “scrolling API,” and $2.02 for “tap to zoom and navigate.”

After those technology patent royalties Apple asks for $24 per unit for “design patents or or trade dress rights.” That all adds up to $31.14 per unit. Considering that Samsung flagship smartphones typically start around $200 on subsidies, that’s quite a bit of money to ask for.

The patent royalties make up about $2 billion of the damages Apple is asking for. The other $500 million is in lost profits. So Apple believes that Samsung’s patent infringements lost it half a billion dollars of profit.

Apple also “conservatively estimates that is in entitled to $25 million reasonable royalty damages on the proportionately small set of remaining sales” of the older Samsung smartphones in the case.

This is the first case that Apple brought against Samsung for copying the look and feel of its devices. The Galaxy Nexus case is the second one, and FOSS Patents says that isn’t scheduled to go to trial until 2014.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

3 Comments

  1. sanitycheck

    07/24/2012 at 7:55 pm

    Wow!!! Is Apple essentially saying “We don’t want to pay you (Samsung) sucker for any of the key parts you supply to us”? The amount that Apple is quoting appears very close to the amount that Apple pays to Samsung (not sure what the period is) for all the key parts (CPU, display, etc.) that goes into the iPhone and other products…

  2. Tyler

    07/24/2012 at 10:46 pm

    Ok I agree samsung is CLEARLY coping apple’s design. The galaxy x2 was a plastic iphone. It had the same flat square shape, centered single physical button, and silver trimming. It was basically a spit in the face to apple, saying we like the design so we will take it. Now I dont agree with all of the other claims apple is making. The “bouncy scroll”. In those cases I think apple is just trying to take advantage of the situation since they know the court may already be in their favor because of the design infringement.

  3. Noel

    07/25/2012 at 7:58 am

    Well I guess we all agree Apple deserve all that money for working tirelessly on inventing rectangular shapes. Any company with a device that comes close to looking like a rectangle or a slightly elongated square should pay up. Also we should not forget all the work they put on inventing the finger/fingers interaction with touch screen devices of various sizes. So since competition and innovation now resides in courtrooms instead of showroom shelves…i say all OEMs with rectangular and touch screen devices should pony up the cash to the great inventor.

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