Jury Finds Some Samsung Phones Infringe Apple Patents

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By Daisuke Wakabayashi and Ian Sherr

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A federal-court jury found some Samsung Electronics Co. phones infringe Apple Inc. patents in a high-stakes legal fight over software features used in millions of smartphones.

The jury said some Samsung phones infringe two Apple patents, but do not infringe two others. The jury of eight men and women including a former school teacher, an executive assistant and a former manager for International Business Machines Corp. deliberated for three days.

In this latest round of Apple and Samsung's long-running patent feud, the iPhone maker accused the Korean electronics giant of infringing five of its software patents. It is seeking $2.2 billion in damages. Samsung countersued Apple for copying two of its patents and is seeking $7 million. Apple has said Samsung has artificially low-balled its damages request to devalue patents.

Through the four-week trial, Apple argued that Samsung willfully copied software features of the iPhone to catch up quickly in the fast-growing smartphone market. Samsung countered by saying that Apple had not cornered the market on innovation and was using the legal system to thwart competitors.

Together, Apple and Samsung account for nearly half of smartphones sold world-wide, and are standard-bearers for the two main mobile software platforms.

The trial was the second time the two companies squared off in Northern California in front of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh. In the first trial, argued in 2012, Samsung was found to have infringed on six Apple hardware patents and Apple was awarded $930 million. Samsung has appealed the verdict.

Write to Daisuke Wakabayashi at Daisuke.Wakabayashi@wsj.com and Ian Sherr at ian.sherr@wsj.com

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