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Apple asks for more damages from Samsung

Eleven days after it paid $548 million for infringing the patents and designs of Apple, Samsung Electronics was pushed for more as its biggest IT rival asked a U.S. court to force the Korean company to give additional compensation.

According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday, local time, Apple said Samsung owes $178,659,870 in supplemental damages and $1,192,490 in interest, which were calculated based on five Samsung products that were sold after a jury in a federal court in San Jose, California, found in August 2012 that Samsung had infringed Apple patents.

“We will follow court procedures,” a spokesman of Samsung Electronics told the Korea JoongAng Daily. “That is all we can say right now.”

The legal tug-of-war started in 2011 when Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung that said the Korean IT giant violated its patents and copied the design of its iPhone. Samsung was ordered to pay $930 million to Apple in 2012, but the amount was lowered to $548.2 million by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington in May. Samsung paid the money on Dec. 14.

But the legal battle continued when Samsung filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on the same day it paid the money, saying it was being forced to pay much more than it should for patent infringements on designs of the iPhone’s front face, bezel and application icons.

The Supreme Court must first decide whether it will accept the case for review. If it does, it will be the first time the top court handles a case on design patent since it reviewed a rug design patent case in 1894 - 121 years ago.

BY KWON SANG-SOO [kwon.sangsoo@joongang.co.kr]

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