Just when we thought some quiet peace was found between Apple and Samsung, one party decides to start it all over again.
Previously, Samsung was blatantly accused of copy and pasting features originally part of the Apple iOS software. While vigorously denying these allegations, Samsung instead pointing the finger at Apple – calling Apple the copycat. The jury found in favor of Samsung and awarded the company $158 000 in pecuniary damages.
Apple has decided to fight this decision, calling for a retrial and filing a permanent injunction which would stop Samsung from using the patents that it infringed. Apple has filed fresh legal documents in the state of California. and argues that if Samsung is allowed to continue production of products that infringe Apple’s patent rights, it would cause severe loss to the US company which no amount of money can remedy. This was requested by Apple before during the first trial but the request was denied by the judge.
Both parties have entered a motion for a judgement as a matter of law. Judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) is a motion made by a party, during trial, claiming the opposing party does have sufficient evidence to reasonably support its case. The South Korean company’s documents regarding this matter is still sealed from the public’s prying eye but Apple states in their version that it feels that more Samsung’s products infringe their patent rights.
As of now, the companies are in talks to finally put an end to this litigation war but as rumors have it, discussions have hit a sour note. This is further aggravated by the fact Apple has only received $119.6 million out of the $2.2 billion requested in the first trial. Looking at how the relationship is at the moment, it can be confirmed that we are going to see this war carry on for at least a year or two longer. Let the battle carry on!