Apple wins US$290m from Samsung in patent retrial

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Apple wins US$290m from Samsung in patent retrial

Apple takes this round in smartphone war.

A U.S. jury on Thursday awarded Apple USD$290.45 million (AUD$314 million) in a damages retrial against Samsung, the latest battle in global patent litigation between the two mobile giants.

The verdict was announced in a San Jose, California, federal court. Apple had requested USD$379.8 million, while Samsung argued that it should have to pay USD$52.7 million.

Representatives for Apple and Samsung could not immediately be reached after the verdict was announced.

Apple and Samsung have been fighting in the courts for over two years. Last year, Apple was awarded over USD$1 billion after it convinced a jury that Samsung copied various iPhone features - like using fingers to pinch and zoom on the screen - along with design touches like the phone's flat, black glass screen.

In March U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh upheld about USD$600 million of that verdict but ordered a retrial on the rest, ruling that the previous jury had made some errors in its calculations.

The damages brings the total to USD$890.45 million, just shy of the original amount of US$1 billion awarded last year.

The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is Apple Inc vs. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, 11-1846.

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