An Apple employee distributes an iPhone 5 in San Francisco (Photo : Reuters)
Apple continues its aggressive legal battle against Samsung with a new request for $707 million in damages, on top of the $1.05 billion that the Cupertino company has already been rewarded for patent infringement.
Per the request, $535 million of the additional rewards would stem from "willful" patent violations, with $172 million accounting for an extended sales period for damages against Apple to December 31, 2012 instead of June 30. Apple has also asked the court to expand its decision to include the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the list of copyright infringing devices. Lastly, Apple wants an extra $155.8 million for the devices that were found to violate patents, should the U.S. District Court review Apple's damage award.
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"At Apple we value originality and innovation. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy," the company noted in a statement.
Samsung hopes to turn the tables on Apple in another legal skirmish with Apple, this time targeting iPhone 5 technology that allegedly infringes Samsung long-term evolution technology (LTE) and 4G copyrights.
Samsung expressed its intention to pursue "immediate legal action" in both America and Europe.
In a statement, Samsung said that "Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit competition."
"Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the necessary steps to protect our innovation and intellectual property rights," the company added.
After the smoke clears from this battery of lawsuits, appeals, amendments, it is likely that both Samsung and Apple will come away bruised. Yet, with smart technology's rapid rate of development, both companies will heal their wounds with future releases of devices.