Samsung infringed Apple patents

Last updated 12:41 03/05/2014

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A California jury has determined that Samsung infringed Apple smartphone patents and awarded US$120 million (NZ$138m) in damages.

The panel delivered its verdict in federal court in San Jose on Friday (local time) in the latest lawsuit involving the two tech giants.

Apple Inc. had sought US$2.2 billion after accusing Samsung Electronics Co of infringing five of its patents covering functions such as slide-to-lock, universal searching and quick linking.

Samsung had sought US$6 million after arguing Apple that had infringed two of its smartphone patents related to camera use and video transmission.

The verdict marked the latest intellectual property battle between the world's top two smartphone makers. Apple and Samsung have sued each other in courts and trade offices around the world.

Two years ago, a separate jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple US$930 million after finding it had used Apple technology to create older generation devices. Samsung is appealing that order. 

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