【英语财经】三星被判赔苹果近1.2亿美元 Apple and Samsung infringed patents

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2014-5-4 07:13

小艾摘要: A Californian jury found both Apple and Samsung guilty of patent infringement over each other’s smartphones, in a mixed verdict that gave the iPhone maker a marginal victory over its Korean rival.The ...
Apple and Samsung infringed patents
A Californian jury found both Apple and Samsung guilty of patent infringement over each other’s smartphones, in a mixed verdict that gave the iPhone maker a marginal victory over its Korean rival.

The jury on Friday awarded Apple less than $120m in damages for three patents infringed by Samsung, far below the $2bn the California-based company had sought from a total of five patents at issue.

The San Jose jury also decided that some iPhones and iPods infringed one of two patents asserted by Samsung, marking a rare defeat for Apple in its home state. Apple must pay just $158,400 in damages to Samsung, which had demanded millions of dollars.

The verdict is not the clean sweep won by Apple at the two companies’ last legal meeting in California.

In 2012, a jury sided almost entirely with Apple and ordered Samsung to pay $1bn in damages for infringing another group of smartphone patents, although the award was later reduced to $930m.

After less than a week of deliberations, the jury on Friday found that Samsung “wilfully” copied Apple’s patents. One governed the way users slide across the iPhone’s touchscreen to unlock the device before use, while the other involved “quick linking”, whereby the smartphone automatically detects addresses and phone numbers to make them “clickable”. The court had previously ruled Samsung had infringed a fifth patent.

But Samsung did not copy the iPhone’s universal search and background data syncing technology, the jury decided, in two areas where the Korean electronics group leaned heavily on support from Google in its defence.

美国加利福尼亚州圣何塞一陪审团裁定苹果(Apple)和三星(Samsung)互相侵犯对方的智能手机专利,这项混合裁决让iPhone生产商相对它的韩国对手取得小小的胜利。

陪审团在上周五裁定,苹果因3项专利遭三星侵权获赔不到1.2亿美元,远低于这家位于加利福尼亚州的公司提出的、为总共5项专利遭侵权索赔的20亿美元赔偿金。

该陪审团还裁定,在三星声称的2项专利中,部分iPhone和iPod产品侵犯了其中一项,这标志着苹果在自己家门口遭遇了一场罕见的失败。苹果只须支付三星15.84万美元的赔偿金,而此前三星要求的赔偿金额达数百万美元。

上一次两家公司在加利福尼亚州对簿公堂时,苹果曾取得全面胜利。而这次却不是。

在2012年的那场诉讼中,陪审团几乎完全倒向苹果,裁决三星侵犯了苹果另一组智能手机专利,支付10亿美元赔偿金,不过这一赔偿金额在随后减少到9.3亿美元。

陪审团经过不到一周的商议,在上周五裁定三星“故意”抄袭苹果的专利。其中一项为iPhone的滑屏解锁专利,另一项涉及“快速链接”(quick linking)专利,智能手机凭借此技术可以自动探测到地址和手机号码,让它们“可点击”。加利福尼亚州法院此前已裁定三星侵犯了苹果所提出的5项专利中的一项。

但陪审团认为三星没有抄袭iPhone的通用搜索(universal search)和后台数据同步技术,根据三星的辩护,这家韩国电子集团在这两项技术上主要依赖于谷歌(Google)的支持。

译者/曲雯雯

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