Apple Inc claims it is entitled to $2.525 billion of damages in its high-stakes battle against Samsung Electronics Co. over patents for technology used in smart-`phones and tablets, such as the iPhone and iPad.
The estimate was revealed in a court filing early Tuesday, six days before the world’s largest consumer electronics companies are scheduled on July 30 to begin a jury trial before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California.
Apple accused Samsung of infringing its patents by making its popular Galaxy phone and computer tablets “work and look” like Apple products, enabling the South Korean company to overtake it as the world’s largest maker of smartphones.
Samsung has countered that it simply developed its own “unique” products in a bid to “best the competition,” and that Apple actually owes money for using its patented technology.
In its court filing, Apple said Samsung owes “substantial monetary damages” because it illegally “chose to compete by copying Apple.”
It said Samsung has been “unjustly enriched” by an undisclosed amount — presumably $2 billion — and deprived Apple of $500 million of profit and $25 million of reasonable royalty damages. This results in “a combined total of $2.525 billion” of damages, Apple said.
Apple called its estimates conservative, and still plans to pursue a permanent injunction to stop future violations.