Apple aims for $2.525 billion from Samsung

Apple has told a court that Samsung owes it more than $2.525 billion of damages for breaking its patents on smartphones and tablets.

Clearly Apple lawyers have been adopting the Larry Ellison approach to deciding damages. Larry works on the principle that you should aim high too.

The estimate was found by Reuters in a court filing early Tuesday, six days before the world’s largest consumer electronics companies are scheduled on 30 July to begin a jury trial before US District Judge Lucy Koh.

Apple claims Samsung infringed on its patents by making the popular Galaxy phone and tablets “work and look” like Apple products. Of course all these sprang fully formed from the genuis of Steve Jobs and he never ever borrowed anything in his life.

Apple alleges the only reason the South Korean outfit could overtake it as the world’s largest maker of smartphones was because it copied it. It wants the $2.525 billion that it lost. If that pesky Samsung had not come along, everyone would have an iPhone.

Samsung said that it developed its own “unique” products in a bid to “best the competition.” By the way, it also says that Apple used its technology in the iPhone and owes it cash for the privilege.

Apple has been accused of trying to use the patent and trademark system in a desperate bid to avoid having to compete with rivals. If rivals are successful, it must be because they illegally “chose to compete by copying”.

Needless to say Samsung countered with a filing accusing the Cupertino, California-based company of trying “to stifle legitimate competition and limit consumer choice to maintain its historically exorbitant profits”.

Jobs’ Mob claims that its estimates are conservative, and still plans to pursue a permanent injunction to stop future violations.

Apple said that it is owed, per device, $24 for its “design patents or trade dress rights,” $3.10 for a patent related to “scrolling” technology, $2.02 for a patent covering a “tap to zoom” feature, and $2.02 for a patent that tells users with a “bounce” when they reach the bottom of screens.