Apple Asking for $2.5 Billion In Damages From Samsung

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.