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Apple wants another $707M out of Samsung

Neither side in a bitter patent battle is satisfied with Apple’s $1.05 billion jury verdict over Samsung Electronics after a three-week trial this summer.

Samsung wants a new trial. Apple is seeking an additional $707 million in damages and interest.

The two companies filed a blizzard of legal papers late Friday and early Saturday with their demands that a federal judge in San Jose, California, significantly amend - or toss out altogether - the jury’s Aug. 24 verdict.

The jury found that 26 Samsung products ripped off Apple’s technology at the heart of its iPhones and iPads.

“Samsung made a calculated business decision to copy the industrial designs, graphical user interfaces, and touchscreen navigation technology of the iPhone and iPad,” Apple lawyers wrote in court papers, arguing for the additional damages. “Samsung has reaped extraordinary rewards from its wrongful sale of iPhone and iPad clones by taking market share, revenues and profits from Apple.”

The Apple lawyers contend that the “massive damage to the iPhone’s distinctive product identity caused by Samsung’s sale of millions of iPhone clones is irreversible.”

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has scheduled a Dec. 6 hearing to discuss the myriad issues raised by both companies. Samsung says it will appeal if Koh turns down its demands.

Apple accuses Samsung of essentially selling knockoffs of the Cupertino-based company’s iPhones. Apple filed a lawsuit in a San Jose federal court, alleging patent infringement. It was the latest legal action between the two companies, who are battling in courts in 10 countries over smartphone technology.

On Friday, Samsung asked the San Jose judge for a new trial. The company’s lawyer argued that the jury’s verdict was unreasonable and unsupported by evidence. The company’s lawyers also complained that the judge’s strict constraints deprived it of a fair trial.

AP

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