Samsung were found to infringe on a number of Apple patents in past court cases, which saw Apple awarded $1.05 billion, allow this was later reduced to $929 million.
Now it would appear that Samsung may have to pay Apple ongoing royalties for devices that they continue to sell that still infringe on these patents, of which there are three.
Judge Lucy Koh, who dealt with the previous case between Samsung and Apple has ruled that Samsung will have to pay ongoing royalties for any devices which infringe these patents.
For the reasons stated in the November 25, 2014 Order Granting Apple’s Motion for Ongoing Royalties, Samsung is ordered to pay ongoing royalties for any continuing infringement at the per-unit rates set forth in that Order. Those royalties shall apply to products adjudicated to infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 5,946,647; 8,046,721; and 8,074,172, and to products “not more than colorably different therefrom.” The starting date for any ongoing royalties shall be after the date of this Judgment.
Samsung has apparently appealed the latest ruling, so it is not clear as yet on whether they will have to pay Apple any more money on an ongoing basis.
Considering Samsung’s recent drop in smartphone sales and also profits, this is not good news for the company, although they may be able to get the decision overturned in their appeal.
Source Apple InsiderFiled Under: Apple, Technology News