Apple will be asking for thrice the amount a jury has awarded it in damages in its fight against Samsung in California, a new report says.
Citing “multiple legal sources,” The Korea Times reports that Apple will be asking US Federal Judge Lucy Koh to award it $3 billion.
Apple last month won $1.05 billion in damages against Samsung as a jury found most of its points in the case valid and judged Samsung as having committed “willful infringement” of Apple patents.
Judge Koh has the authority to reduce the amount the jury came up with but she also has the prerogative to triple it.
Apple asking for thrice the amount it was initially awarded hinges on the “willful infringement” verdict by the jury.
According to a “reliable source” of the publication, “By using that condition, Apple has decided to request the judge to order Samsung to pay more than $3 billion in the hearing on the San Jose verdict on Sept. 21 in California.”
“`The decision means Apple want to quickly address the harm that Samsung’s infringing products are said to be causing. As has been the case throughout this trial, Apple is pressing its full advantage over the jurors’ decision,” The Korea Times source added.
Furthermore, another person the publication talked to said that Apple still wants the Galaxy line of smartphone and tablets that the South Korean tech giant produces to be pulled in the US.
“Apple lawyers still believe Samsung should pull its popular Galaxy line of devices including smartphones and tablets from the United States and leave the market to proprietary handsets from Apple and Microsoft,” the unnamed source said.
The source did not want to be named because he said he is not authorized to give official statements.
Apple sued Samsung last year in San Jose California alleging its partner and rival “slavishly copy” its iPhone and iPad devices.
Apple used a mix of patents against Samsung with some concerning the look and feel of its devices and some the workings of the operating system powering its popular i-devices.
Samsung, on the one hand, used patents concerning technology used in mobile communications and asked the jury to award it $421 million. The jury ruled that Apple did not infringe on Samsung technology.
Apple initially asked the jury to award it a whopping $2.75 billion in damages.
Samsung and Apple are currently locked in a bitter and long-drawn legal war involving more than 50 cases in over 10 countries worldwide.